Nixon sets personal record for bills vetoed

Jul 15, 2013

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Gov. Jay Nixon has set a personal high mark for vetoes during this year's legislative session. He rejected 29 of the 145 non-budgetary bills sent to his desk. That's almost 20 percent of them.

The high veto rate may reveal something about both the Republican-led Legislature and Democratic governor.

Political science professor Peverill Squire of the University of Missouri said the new Republican supermajority in the legislature appears to have passed more conservative bills. He said Nixon may be positioning himself for future federal office.

But Nixon denies any political motivations for his vetoes. He says he considers each bill individually without regard to his overall veto statistics or his political future.