Is the Democrat Governor More Constitutional than the Republican Legislature?
“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