Veto Session: Republican-led legislature eyes overrides (Updating)

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Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

Missouri Business Alert is in Jefferson City today as state legislators convene for the annual veto session. Check back here regularly for updates on what’s happening to business-related bills in the Missouri House and Senate. This post will be updated throughout the day, with the latest news appearing at the top.

In addition to following along on this live blog, you can also keep track of the action with our Twitter feed below or by following Missouri Business Alert, @MoBusinessAlert, and reporter Philip Joens, @Philip_Joens.

2:43 a.m. — There’s more late-night drama, as Senate Bill 727 passes with two last-second votes, 110-49.

1:54 a.m. — The House easily passes Senate Bill 656, which modifies the conceal and carry law and allows one officer in a school to carry a concealed weapon and pepper spray.

1:35 a.m. — Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 829 is overridden by the House, 113-48. House Republicans got five last-second votes to support the override after the bill appeared to be dead as voting wrapped up Republicans were stuck on 108 votes. In vetoing Senate Bill 829, Nixon said that the bill was part of the so-called “Friday Favors” tax breaks that were passed at the end of the spring legislative session and could take away $776 million in state and local tax revenue.

1:25 a.m. — Senate Bill 673 dies, 107-53. Missouri unemployment benefits will remain 20 weeks long. A bill that would’ve decreased the duration of state unemployment payments to between 13 and 19 weeks was killed after about a half hour of voting. The Bill was just the second veto of the evening not to be overridden by the House. House Republicans were two votes shy of the 109 votes needed to reverse the governor’s veto.

11:19 p.m. — Legislators are still debating a provision in Senate Bill 506 that would allow captive deer hunted in pens to be classified as livestock. Debate over this bill has lasted longer than the heated debate over the abortion bill.

10:31 p.m. — The House is seeing heated debate about Senate Bill 506, which would strip the Conservation Department of the ability to regulate deer and turn that authority over to the Agriculture Department. This bill includes the same provisions establishing the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act of 2014 as Senate Bill 727, but it does not include provisions for farmers markets.

10:27 p.m. — House Bill 1261 becomes the first sustained veto of the night. The bill would have required the State Auditor to report any transportation development district that failed to submit its reports in a timely fashion, and fines would have been levied against noncompliant development districts.

10:20 p.m. — The Senate overrides Nixon’s veto of House Bill 1132, which will increase the maximum amount of tax credits that can be awarded to pregnancy resource centers to $2.5 million from $2 million. The House overrode the governor’s veto earlier. In his veto memo, Nixon expressed concern about the tax credit’s affect on the state’s ability to fund higher education and basic services.

9:37 p.m. — The Senate overrides Nixon’s veto of House and Senate Bill 727 by a vote of 27-3. SB 727 creates a sales tax and use tax exemption for products sold at farmers markets if the farmers have less than $25,000 in sales at farmers’ markets each year. This bill also allows people in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps, to purchase food at Farmers’ Markets using an EBT card. Gov. Nixon vetoed the bill saying that it was one of the “Friday Favors” tax exemptions that may potentially lead to the state losing $776 million in state and local sales taxes.

8:58 p.m. — House Speaker Tim Jones is now discussing House and Senate Bill 1307, which would lengthen the waiting period for women seeking abortions to 72 hours, up from 24. The debate has gone on for more than an hour. Jones says his mother and wife are why he introduced the legislation.

8:28 p.m. — Earlier the Senate passed SB 860, which in part expands the sales tax holiday on school supplies. The bill also allows retailers to advertise when sales tax will be absorbed into the price of a good, something prohibited by the current law.

7:45 p.m. — The House passes Senate Bill 1132, 123-27. The measure increases the maximum amount of tax credits that can be awarded to pregnancy resource centers to $2.5 million, up from $2 million.

7:20 p.m. — The Senate overrides Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 506. This will allow captive deer to be sold without a sales tax. It also includes the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act of 2014. This act will create the Missouri Dairy Industry Revitalization Fund. The University of Missouri will also study how much sales tax revenue is generated by dairy products. The Missouri Department of Agriculture will then establish a dairy producer insurance plan that can reimburse dairy producers for up to 70 percent of their federal premium payment. According to the Missouri Times, the dairy industry employs more than 14,000 people throughout Missouri.

7:12 p.m. — The Senate is taking up line-items the House sent over. The House is back from its break and being advised of Senate proceedings.

6:43 p.m. — The House overrides a line-item veto in House Bill 7000. The change will mean funds from the General Revenue Fund are allocated for the Missouri Works and Job Development programs. The House has overridden every one of the 55 line-item vetoes by Gov. Nixon up for vote. Some of the provisions have been overridden by the Senate.

6:29 p.m. — The House passes a provision in House Bill 2007 that will allow funding for workers who need retraining to work for public and private companies in Missouri. The General Revenue Fund allocates $900,000 for the program, and it costs approximately $400 to retrain each worker.

2:49 p.m. — The Senate passes House Bill 2008 section 8.095, 31 to 1. It will allocate funding for the Missouri Highway Patrol and emergency equipment including defibillators.

2:42 p.m. — Sen. Kurt Schaefer is getting feisty in the Senate. The Columbia Republican says the Senate needs to override Gov. Nixon’s veto of funding for emergency equipment including defibrillators.

2:38 p.m. — Senate passes House Bill 2008 section 8.090, which allocates money to the state highway patrol 31-1

2:32 p.m. — Senate overrides provisions in House Bill 2008 section 8.050 31 to 1. Will allcoate money to the National Forensics Improvement Act Program. Includes funding of forensics exams for sexually abused kids.

2:26 p.m. — The Senate’s voting on provisions overridden by the House in House Bill 2008, which would allocate money to public safety projects.

2:05 p.m. — Senate Bill 673, which reduces duration of unemployment benefits from 20 weeks to between 19 and 13 weeks, is overridden by a vote of 25 to 7.

1:46 p.m. — A motion in House Bill 2010 to fund Meals on Wheels passes, 131-24.

1:41 p.m. — The House passes a line-item motion in House Bill 2010 to grant funding to alzheimer’s grants.​

​1:35 p.m. — The House passes a provision in House Bill 2010 allowing for funding of newborn screening services.

​1:25 p.m. — The House passes a provision allowing funding for the Missouri Area Health Education Centers Program, 125-35.

1:22 p.m. — The House passes the provision for a Medicaid waiver for traumatic brain injuries in House Bill 2010. Legislators are currentlyu debating a provision in House Bill 2010 to allow funding for the Missouri Area Health Education Centers Program.

1:16 p.m. — As expected, a large pro-choice crowd is at the capitol today. Order in the chamber called when pro-choice protesters applauded during a debate about a provision in House Bill 2010 for a traumatic brain injury Medicaid waiver to be passed. Debate on this issue got heated among members of the house.

1:09 p.m. — The motion in House Bill 2010 to fund the Elks Mobile Dental Program passes 122-22.

1 p.m. — The House just passed provisions overriding Gov. Jay Nixon’s line item vetoes in House Bill 2010 that will allocate money for autism and epilepsy education.

Update: September 10, 2014

This story is being updated throughout the day to reflect the latest news from the Missouri Legislature.

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