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Missouri veto session may be much ado about nothing



There’s little to no consensus among Missouri lawmakers on whether they’ll attempt to override any of first-year Gov. Eric Greitens’ six vetoes during Wednesday’s session.

GOP leaders have been weighing options for holding one or more special sessions, including in the case of Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, but there are no guarantees.

Some House members have been gauging whether there’s enough support to file a new bill to restore in-home health care services to more than 8,000 older and disabled Missouri residents, said Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston. But that would have to meet Greitens’ approval.

Democratic Reps. Joe Adams of University City and Stacey Newman of Richmond Heights told St. Louis Public Radio on Tuesday they don’t think the House will call a special session or make any serious push to override any of Greitens’ vetoes.

But House Democrats are expected to seek time to speak against Republican Rep. Warren Love of Osceola, who said on Facebook that whoever vandalized a Confederate monument in Springfield should be “hung from a tall tree with a long rope.” Love has apologized for the post.

House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, criticized Love’s comments but has not called for him to resign as Democrats have.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Missourinet

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