Nixon less active exercising veto power in 2015

Tuesday marked the final day for Gov. Jay Nixon to veto bills passed by the Missouri Legislature earlier this year, and the Democratic governor was considerably less active this year in vetoing measures approved by the Republican-led Legislature. Nixon vetoed 18 bills in all, down from his record of 33 in 2014.

The bills Nixon vetoed included a proposed “right-to-work” law, a plan to fix the state’s school transfer system and a bill that would have prohibited cities from setting their own minimum wage.

This year for Nixon was an exercise in choosing battles, according to Dave Robertson, a political science professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Still, Nixon could face efforts by lawmakers to override his vetoes. Legislators return to the Capitol in September and can overturn any veto with a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate.

In fact, the Legislature during its normal session already overrode the governor’s vetoes on two bills, including one that will shorten the time low-income families can receive welfare benefits.

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