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Setting sites on the upcoming Veto Session

by PAUL FITZWATER
 
As mandated by the Missouri Constitution, the General Assembly will meet Wednesday, September 16 to consider bills that were passed by the House and the Senate, but vetoed by the governor. The annual Veto Session gives legislators a final opportunity to enact their ideas into law despite the governor’s objections. In both chambers, a two-thirds vote is required to override a veto. In the House, that amounts to 109 votes. Twenty-three votes are needed in the Senate to successfully complete an override motion.
 
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10
Sep

The retirement of a shining light for transparency

by PHILL BROOKS
 
Late his summer, one of the shining lights for transparency in Missouri’s state government retired. Under the administration of two Democratic governors, Linda Luebbering stood apart in providing access and information in ways I’m not sure some Republican legislators fully appreciated. Luebbering was the budget director under Gov. Jay Nixon and previously under former Gov. Bob Holden. She had been an exception in Nixon’s administration which throttles access to government officials.
 

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