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Wed September 11, 2013
Mo. House rejects override of House Bill 253
During the start of the legislature's veto session today, the Missouri House of Representatives failed to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto on House Bill 253, a contentious bill that would have lowered income taxes. Critics of the bill alleged that the tax cuts would send the state into debt.
The vote had 94 votes in favor to 67 against, but 109 votes were needed to override the veto. As a result of the vote, the Senate will not consider overriding Gov. Nixon's veto.
Chris McDaniel said the House leadership plans to reintroduce the bill during the next legislative session, though.
Gov. Nixon had been campaigning for his veto to be upheld, saying that the proposed tax cut would be detrimental to education in Missouri and would limit funding for the Fulton State Hospital. In July, House Speaker Tim Jones said he did not believe he had enough votes in the House to secure an override.