Ferguson fallout could overshadow veto session

Gov. Jay Nixon held a press conference Sept. 4 to emphasize his priorities ahead of the Missouri Legislature's Sept. 10 veto session. | Phil Joens/Missouri Business Alert
Some legislators have threatened not to back Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes due to frustration with his handling of unrest in Ferguson. | Phil Joens/Missouri Business Alert

The unrest in Ferguson that followed the fatal police shooting of teenager Michael Brown appears to be igniting a series of political aftershocks and threatens to affect the Missouri General Assembly’s veto-override session, which gets underway Wednesday.

Some members of the legislative Black Caucus remain angry with Gov. Jay Nixon over his actions— or non-actions — notably his decision not to replace St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch with a special prosecutor to oversee the local investigation into Brown’s death.

Some legislators have threatened to take out their frustrations during the veto session by voting to override some of the governor’s vetoes.

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