On Wednesday during the Missouri Legislature’s annual veto session, lawmakers did not override any of the legislation Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican, nixed this year, including a bill that would have kept more than 8,000 elderly and disabled from seeing reduced health care benefits.
The Senate did, however, vote to censure Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, who recently expressed hope for the assassination of President Donald Trump in a Facebook post.
Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, said the censure, approved by a 28-2 vote, was the first in Missouri Senate history.
The House did not attempt to censure Rep. Warren Love, R-Osceola, who wrote his own Facebook post expressing hope for the hanging of vandals who had splattered paint on a Confederate monument in Springfield. But Minority Floor Leader Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City, requested that a bipartisan House ethics panel investigate him. Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, approved the request.
On the health care issue, lawmakers in the House were unable to muster the votes to override Greitens’ veto.
In an announcement timed to coincide with action on the measure in the lower chamber, Richardson and Senate President Pro-Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, announced a task force created to find a way to restore cuts affecting more than 8,000 disabled and elderly people who receive specialty care through Medicaid.