Sept. 26, 2016
The Veto Session Report
Governor Jay Nixon vetoed 20 of the 133 non-appropriations bills the General Assembly passed during the 2016 legislative session. He also issued two single line-item vetoes to House appropriations bills. The Missouri Constitution requires a September veto session if the Governor issues any vetoes during the last week of the regular legislative session or after the session has ended. This year's veto session began at noon on September 14, and adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

To override a veto requires a 2/3 majority in each legislative chamber — 23 votes in the Senate and 109 in the House of Representatives. An override begins in the bill's chamber of origin. If the originating chamber doesn't override, the other chamber can take no action. A veto is overridden when both houses vote to do so.

This year, 11 vetoed measures were House bills and 9 were Senate bills. A motion is first made to override a bill. Following discussion, a vote is taken on the motion. A yes vote is a vote to override the bill; a no vote is to sustain or uphold the veto, killing the bill. An overridden bill becomes effective 30 days after date of override, unless the bill provides otherwise.
Bills That Will Not Become Law — Veto Sustained or No Motion Entered
Reports Filed With the Ethics Commission (HB 1474) — This bill duplicated Senate Bill 786 in all aspects except the effective date being August 28, in the middle of the election cycle, which would have caused much confusion. The Senate bill had an effective date of January 1, 2017 which makes it effective after the 2016 General Elections. No motion to override was introduced, the veto will stand.
Regulation of Vehicles (HB 1733) — a key feature of this bill would have allowed connected vehicle technology testing programs; that would have involved trucks on Missouri public highways using a Bluetooth connection to control the speed and braking of the following truck; thereby allowing it to drive closer to the lead truck than Missouri allows.

Veto Sustained by the House, 100-57. The veto stands. I voted to sustain the veto, as I don't believe that Missouri highways should be used as test tracks.
Changes laws regarding the Big Government Get Off My Back Act (HB 1870) — would make use of the Federal Government's E-Verify program optional, rather than mandatory. E-Verify is a free program used to verify the legal status of employees and prospective employees. This is a key component used to address illegal immigration.

Overridden by the House 119-43. Sustained by the Senate 18-12. The veto stands. I voted to sustain because I believe that employers have as much duty to enforce documentation status as does the government.
Motor Vehicle Services (HB 1976) — this bill would eliminate the requirement to provide consumers with a full refund if they canceled a vehicle service contract within the free look period. Instead, a dealer would be allowed to offer a credit.

Overridden by the House 113-42. Sustained by the Senate 18-12. The veto stands, I voted to sustain. In my opinion the consumer should be able to get their money back and not have to deal with a provider that they distrust.
Changes to Mizzou Extension Councils (HB 2237) — specified that it shall not be a conflict of interest for any county commissioner to discuss any matters, including budget matters, of any board or commission on which the commissioner serves, including the University of Missouri Extension Council.

No motion to override was introduced in the House, the veto will stand.
Provisions Relating To Expert Witnesses (SB 591) — current standards for admitting expert testimony in a civil action shall apply to legal actions adjudicated in probate court, juvenile court, family courts, or in actions involving divorce, marriage, adoption, child support orders, or protective orders.

No motion to override was introduced in the Senate, the veto will stand.
Modifies Provisions Relating To The Collateral Source Rule (SB 847) — parties may introduce evidence of the actual cost, rather than the value of the medical care rendered.

No motion to override was introduced in the Senate, the veto will stand.
St. Louis County Sales Tax Pools and Other Local Government Provisions (SB 867) — an omnibus bill pertaining to a number of complex tax rules.

No motion to override was introduced in the Senate, the veto will stand.
Bills That Will Become Law — Veto Overridden
Agricultural Data Disclosure (HB 1414) — exempts data collected by state agencies under the federal animal disease traceability program from disclosure under Missouri's sunshine law.

Overridden by the house 116-49 and by the Senate, 23-7. I voted to sustain the veto, as in my opinion, this reduces transparency.
State Employee Administrative Leave (HB 618) — mandates new notice requirements and pre-determination hearings for employees placed on administrative leave.

Overridden by the House 113-42 and by the Senate 23-7. I voted to sustain the veto, as in my opinion, this needlessly places arbitrary deadlines and complications that could either rush or delay an evaluation of the employee's conduct.
Voter ID (HB 1631) — requires a person to submit a government issued photo identification in order to vote in a public election. This would only address voter impersonation (which is statistically rare). This would not address other forms of election fraud. Provisions would require the state to reimburse local authorities for costs associated with providing the background documentation (birth certificate, marriage license etc.) that an individual might require in order to obtain an appropriate ID would create a significant expense that will drain budget resources from other programs. The legislation is subject to appropriations meaning the requirement to have an ID can change depending on the mood of the Legislature.

Overridden by the House 115-41 and by the Senate 24-7. I voted to sustain the veto, as the courts in many other states have ruled that similar laws violate the U.S. Constitution.
Clean Water Commission Changes (HB 1713) — removes the requirement that only two members represent agriculture and industry and caps the number of members representing the public interest to 4. There are 7 members on the Commission.

Overridden by the House 115-41 and by the Senate 25-5. I voted to sustain. My fear is that this will lead to a commission that has a majority of representation by the industries that it regulates.
Workers' Compensation Large Deductible Policies (HB 1763) — requires all workers' compensation large deductible covered claims of an insolvent insurer to be turned over to the responsible guaranty association, unless otherwise stipulated.

Overridden by the House 121-34 and by the Senate 25-5. I voted to sustain the veto due to some drafting errors such as reversing the words insured and insurer.
Tax deduction for ESOP (HB 2030) — authorizes a tax deduction equal to fifty percent of the capital gain resulting from the sale of employer securities to a certain Missouri stock ownership plans.

Overridden by the Senate 24-8 and by the House 114-37. I voted to sustain. I feel that this will create an unnecessary loss of revenue costing over $10 million per year to incentivize a practice that is already very popular.
Exempts Instructional Classes from Sales Tax (SB 1025) — current law imposes a four percent tax on fees paid to or in places of recreation. This act excludes amounts paid for instructional classes such as gymnastics, yoga, swimming etc.

Overridden by the House 119-38 and by the Senate 29-2. I voted to override the veto as this was brought to my attention by one of my constituents. Sales tax still applies to performance tickets.
Changes to Health Care Law (SB 608) — modifies a number of facets within Missouri Medicaid, including fees for missed appointments, with market-based reforms that would affect various fees and penalties.

Overridden by the House 110-45 and by the Senate 24-7. I voted to sustain. I feel that many of the penalties are punitive and would affect some of the people least able to afford them.
Tax Deduction for Farmers (SB 641) — creates an income tax deduction for payments received as part of a program that compensates agricultural producers who have suffered a loss due to disaster or emergency. This will be available for all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.

Overridden by the House 112-48 and by the Senate 24-6. I voted to sustain due to my personal concern with the bill being retroactive to 2014. This creates a $51.5 million obligation that was not included in the 2017 budget. That money will have to come from somewhere.
Gun Law Changes (SB 656) — modifies state gun laws; removing the requirement for a concealed carry permit training within Missouri, as well as removing the need for a background check. Missourians wishing to carry concealed weapons in other states will still be required to obtain a permit however. It also expands the rules by which an individual may use force in the defense of their person or home.

Overridden by the House 112-41 and by the Senate 24-6. I voted to sustain. I received a great deal of feedback from my constituents on both sides of this issue. The majority of you share my opinion that the requirements for training and background checks amount to common sense safety stipulations that do not threaten Second Amendment rights.
Livestock Trespass Liability (SB 844) — Currently, if any horses, cattle, or other livestock break through any fence or trespass onto another's property, the owner of such animal is strictly liable for damages caused by one's animal to another's property. Under this act, the owner of the escaped animal would only be liable for damages to another's property only if the animal owner was proven to be negligent.

Overridden by the Senate 24-7 and by the House 114-40. I voted to sustain. In my opinion proving negligence can be expensive and time consuming. Removing strict liability makes it difficult for landowners to recoup the costs of damages.
Missouri Wine and Grape Board Changes (SB 844) — Currently, the Missouri Wine and Grape Board may participate in studies in the areas of sales, promotions, and the effective distribution of Missouri wines in order to effectuate the goals of the Board. Under this act, the Board would also be able to oversee and provide any professional or legal services to promote such marketing goals.

Overridden by the House 116-34 and by the Senate 24-6. I voted to sustain. My concern is that this could lead to the Board paying legal fees in defense of private businesses, in other words using public money for non-public purposes.
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