House speaker hopes to rally Republicans for veto session overrides

Tim Jones | Photo courtesy of Tim Jones
Tim Jones | Photo courtesy of Tim Jones

Following special elections earlier this month, there are again 110 Republicans in the Missouri House of Representatives. That gives the GOP a veto-proof majority for next month’s veto session — if all the republican House members are present and support the overrides.

House Speaker Tim Jones said unforeseen circumstances or no-shows could undermine Republican hopes of overriding some of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes. “It is difficult any time to get 110 people in the same place at the same time,” Jones said. “You never know when people are going to have tragic events in their family or that may affect them personally.

There’s also some question about four Republicans who faced primary opposition backed by financier Rex Sinquefield. Those four have expressed displeasure with the party over the Sinquefield-backed challengers, but they haven’t said it would impact how they will vote in September.

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