Mo. House speaker: Nixon's veto power now blunted by large GOP majorities
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Mo. House speaker: Nixon's veto power now blunted by large GOP majorities

Date: November 7, 2012
By: Wes Duplantier
State Capitol Bureau

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Missouri's Republican state House Speaker says Democratic Governor Jay Nixon will have to do a better job negotiating with GOP lawmakers next year.
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Wrap: Republicans now have a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate. 

House Speaker Tim Jones says that means the governor can't simply stop bills he doesn't like with the stroke of a pen.

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Description: "The governor will need to understand the importance of true, actual negotiation during the legislative process as the 'checkmate' that he possesses, in the form of a veto, is now equaled by the overwhelming numbers that we have in the House and the Senate."

Jones says he plans to meet with the governor after House Republicans decide on their legislative priorities.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Wes Duplantier.

Intro: 
A top leader of Missouri's state House of Representatives is challenging Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to work with the GOP to pass laws in the state
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Wrap: Republicans now have a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate, which they would need to override any vetos from Nixon.

House Speaker Tim Jones says the governor should negotiate with lawmakers instead of waiting until after he has vetoed a bill to make suggestions.

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Description: "I think a more efficient use of taxpayers' time and money would be to have a governor who does not hold his cards so close to his chest and is willing to come down and make his agenda known and his opinions known on specific legislation--if he has them, at the time he has them--so we can pass a bill one time and have it become law."

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Wes Duplantier.


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