Eyeing veto overrides, state lawmakers speed up budget

Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert
Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

Aiming to allow ample time to override potential vetoes by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, Missouri’s Republican-controlled House and Senate are seeking to send the state’s $26 billion budget to the governor’s desk earlier than ever before.

After receiving the budget, the governor has 15 working days to sign or veto various line items. In years past, Nixon has not received the budget until the final weeks, or even days, of the spring legislative session, meaning lawmakers had to wait until the September veto session to override any of Nixon’s vetoes.

This year, lawmakers are looking to complete the budget not long after returning from next week’s legislative spring break. That would force Nixon to make any vetoes — and give Republicans a chance to override them — well before lawmakers leave Jefferson City in May.

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