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Politically Speaking: Sen. Wieland on the lay of the land before legislature's veto session

Paul Wieland
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies are pleased to welcome back state Sen. Paul Wieland to the program.

The Republican from Imperial was previously a guest on the show when he was running against Democrat Jeff Roorda for the 22nd District Senate seat. Wieland won the so-called “Battle For JeffCo” by a sizable margin, a victory that expanded the Republican Senate majority.

Wieland and the rest of his Senate colleagues will be headed back to the Missouri Capitol next month for veto session. Among other things, lawmakers will consider overriding a multi-faceted firearms bill and legislation that would implement a photo identification requirement for voting. The latter measure will only become effective if voters approve a constitutional amendment authorizing a photo identification voting requirement.

Depending on who wins the governor’s race later this year, labor issues could dominate the 2017 legislative session. Wieland has previously been critical of proposals such as “right to work” and “paycheck protection.” But he ended up voting to override “paycheck protection,” which would have required some public-worker labor unions to get annual written permission from their employees before withholding union dues. 

Wieland is part of a group of primarily Catholic Republicans that oppose the death penalty. His bill to eliminate the practice received debate last year, but didn’t make it through either chamber.

Here’s what Wieland had to say during the show:

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Music: “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” by Marvin Gaye

Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.
Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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