Mo. House Speaker looks ahead to veto session

Missouri House Speaker Ron Richard isn’t sure a fund to manage federal money will work, but he wants to “test it and see,” he said Monday.

The proposed fund, which would manage federal stimulus funds, was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon. The legislation will be reevaluated during a veto session Wednesday.

Richard said he called the veto session because he values the bill, rather than for the “pure purpose of spectacle.”

“I think it’s important for us to track that money,” he said. “That’s our duty and part of our constitutional responsibility.”

The governor vetoed the bill over the summer because he said it was too similar to funds already in place, and because it might be unconstitutional.

In order to override the governor’s veto, at least two-thirds of the state House and Senate must vote in favor of the legislation.

See the bill in its entirety here.


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