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Few vetoes to discuss at annual legislative session

Date: September 12, 2006
By: Meghan Maskery
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: For the first time in more than two decades, Missouri lawmakers won't have any non-budget vetoes to discuss Wednesday at the legislature's annual veto session. Meghan Maskery has the story from Jefferson City.  

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Other than a few line item budget vetoes, Gov. Matt Blunt signed all the laws the legislature passed during this year's session. The governor's spokesman, Spence Jackson, says the lack of vetoes speaks to how well the legislature works with Blunt.

 

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But some leaders in the Democratic party say the legislature didn't get enough done over the session. They say lawmakers should take up bills to authorize a college loan sale and restore Medicaid coverage to workers with disabilities while everyone is in town this week. From Jefferson City, I'm Meghan Maskery.

 

Missouri's legislature will meet Wednesday for an annual veto session, but for the first time in more than two decades, lawmakers will only have budget vetoes to discuss. Meghan Maskery has the story in Jefferson City.

The annual veto session usually lasts for two days. But this year, lawmakers will only convene for a day. That's because Gov. Matt Blunt only vetoed a few line items from the budget. While Blunt's spokesman says the lack of vetoes proves the governor and Republican-led legislature had a successful session, some leaders in the Democratic party disagree.

House minority leader Jeff Harris says little was done during the past legislative session, and that Blunt should call a special session so lawmakers can take up some of the bills that weren't voted on.

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Members from both chambers will meet Wednesday to discuss the budget vetoes, and several committees will hold hearings while the lawmakers are in town. From Jefferson City, I'm Meghan Maskery.

In the past, Missouri's veto session has often lasted for two days. But lawmakers this year have so few vetoes to discuss, the will only meet for one day. Meghan Maskery has the story from Jefferson City.

When Missouri lawmakers meet for their annual veto session on Wednesday, they will only have a few budget items to talk about. That's because Gov. Matt Blunt signed all the other bills the legislature passed this year.

Democratic Senator Chuck Graham says Blunt should have called a special session while all the legislators are in town.

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This year's session is the first in more than two decades that does not have a single non-budget veto on the agenda. From Jefferson City, I'm Meghan Maskery.