House unlikely to override veto on workers' comp bill

Mar 30, 2012

The Missouri Senate yesterday overrode a veto by Governor Jay Nixon to a measure that would make changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system. But that move will likely have no effect, as there is little chance the House will also override the Governor’s veto.

That's according to House Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones.  He says Republicans in the House just don’t have the votes.

“We would have to first convince our caucus, and even if we did, we’re still simply three votes short on a bill that no Democrat, I believe, has supported to this point. That’s a tough vote.”

The bill would have barred employees from suing each other over workplace injuries and illnesses, and occupational disease claims would have been removed from courts and restored to the workers’ comp system.