Missouri leaders say they’ve got the votes to override Nixon

05/05/2014 10:32 AM

05/05/2014 10:32 AM

Missouri House Majority Leader John Diehl is saying he’s got the votes to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a big income tax cut.

That’s probably the biggest intrigue hanging over the General Assembly as it heads down the home stretch toward adjournment this month.

An override would require a two-thirds vote of both the House and Senate. The vote would have to occur first in the Senate, because that's where the bill originated.

Override prospects are considered better in the Senate, where Republicans already hold a two-thirds majority. Republicans could override there without any Democratic support.

Sponsoring Sen. Will Kraus, of Lee's Summit, said he hoped to vote on the override Monday.

The bill then would go to the House, where Republicans are one vote shy of a two-thirds majority. That means they would need the support of at least one Democrat.

But Diehl told the Associated Press that he believes he has enough votes to override Nixon’s veto.

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