MO House votes to override budget vetoes

MO House votes to override budget vetoes
Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City (Source: MO.gov)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has voted to override Gov. Mike Parson's vetoes of about $785,000 of budgeted expenditures for services benefiting hospitals, youth and the deaf.

The votes Wednesday marked the first step in the process of overriding vetoes. The Senate also would need to approve the veto overrides by a two-thirds vote for them to be accomplished.

Parson made 21 line-item vetoes totaling more than $12 million when he enacted the state’s $28.6 billion budget for the fiscal year that started July 1. The House voted to override four of those, including funding for a hospital certification program and public defenders for juveniles.

It’s somewhat unusual for a Republican-led legislature to override vetoes of a Republican governor. But House budget leaders said the programs at issue are important.

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