With seven bills still to be acted on by the end of today, Gov. Jay Nixon already has vetoed 31 of the 163 bills lawmakers passed and sent to him during the 2014 General Assembly — the most vetoes Nixon has issued in his six years as Missouri’s chief executive. Nixon also vetoed line-items in 13 of the 15 budget bills the lawmakers passed in May.
Last year, Nixon vetoed 29 bills, plus three line-item vetoes in budget bills. The modern record for gubernatorial vetoes is 35, set by then-Gov. John M. Dalton in 1961, his first year in office.
Lawmakers will meet in September to vote on veto overrides. Last year’s veto session saw the Republican-led Legislature overturn 10 of the governor’s vetoes.