Tag: Constitutional

Accountability

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This is a photo of my Locke and Smith Foundation Granite Plaque and Certificate of Excellence presented to me by the only organization that grants awards on the basis of how constitutional a legislator voted.

Were it not for citizens who volunteer their time and energy to read over 2,000 bills, most people would have no idea what is happening behind the closed doors in our Capitol.  Yet, don’t we owe it to ourselves and all who support campaigns to unveil Leftist Socialist voting patterns?  Yes.  Yes.  Yes.

It’s time to be brave, bold and not back down when it comes to our government and our future.  Once a law is passed, it is nearly impossible to take it back.  This is why we must engage in the process and why we must be tireless in our vigilance. Continue reading

Veto Session

Is the Democrat Governor More Constitutional than the Republican Legislature?

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“Excuse me Mr. Speaker, but did you know the legislators are doing something unconstitutional?”

Before a bill becomes law, the governor has an
opportunity to stop or veto it.  Before the bill is completely dead, a vote can be taken in each chamber—the House and the Senate.  If 2/3rds of the members of each chamber agree, they can override the Governor.  This is a valuable check and balance.  In the middle of this month, members of the General Assembly reconvened for the purpose of considering whether they would override any of the Governor’s vetoes.

The first year I was in the House, the Republican majority overrode a Democrat governor’s veto on three bills. After that year, no other bills were overridden while I was in office.  Part of this is because Missouri had a Republican House, Senate and Governor, so everyone was motivated to make the party look good.  Now that there is a Democrat governor, the opportunities are greater to showcase their differences, although they are still very few.  History of vetoed bills: Continue reading