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Bob Dixon

Serving the People of the
30th Senatorial District

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Senator Bob Dixon
Missouri Senate
State Capitol, Room 332
201 W. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65101



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Looking Ahead Toward Veto Session


Lawmakers will return to Jefferson City in January for the regular 2014 session. However, the Missouri constitution leaves one more task to complete for us before the book can truly be closed on the 2013 session: the September veto session. This year, the governor has used his veto pen more freely than he did in past years. Excluding line item appropriations vetoes, he has vetoed 29 bills (including two vetoed when the legislature was still in session). This leaves the potential for more work than usual when the legislature gathers for the annual veto session. However, the number of bills is never a sure guide to how challenging or routine a veto session may be. Events completely unrelated to legislation may provide their own unique challenge, such as the year House members had to meet in the House Lounge for veto session, because their chamber was being remodeled, or the year a senator was called up for duty in the Missouri National Guard.

Veto Session: When and Why

Article III, section 32, of the Missouri Constitution requires the General Assembly to reconvene on the "first Wednesday following the second Monday in September" - this year, September 11th- for the purpose of considering bills returned by the governor with his objections. The session is limited to ten days, and the only matter for action is vetoed bills. Veto sessions are now an annual occurrence, but before the original provision adopted in 1970 was amended, they were biennial. Prior to the changes in the 1970s, however, the long-standing practice of passing most bills at the end of session left the legislature without an opportunity to override gubernatorial vetoes, because the legislature had adjourned before the governor was required to sign or veto the bills. This explains a 121-year gap between 1855 and 1976 without a single veto override.


Even when it is rarely exercised, the authority of the General Assembly to meet and override gubernatorial vetoes is an important ability. James Madison noted that one of the great difficulties in "framing a government which is to be administered by men over men" was obliging "it to control itself." As a result, state and federal constitutions reflect a careful system of checks and balances. In order to check the legislature, the people have granted to the governor the power to veto legislation. At the same time, they have given to General Assembly the authority to override a veto in order to prevent the arbitrary use of the veto power without justification.  

Veto Session Process

The actual process for the General Assembly to approve an override is rather straightforward. In the Senate, the veto letters from the governor on Senate bills will be entered into the journal. Then, the calendar or list of vetoed Senate bills will be read in order. The sponsor of each bill will have the opportunity to move to override the veto. If the sponsor and supporters have mustered the necessary votes to approve an override in the Senate, then the bill will be sent to the House for a vote there. If a motion to override is not made in the originating chamber or the vote fails, the other chamber cannot take any action on the bill. However, if both chambers approve the override with the required majority, then the bill will become law.

It takes two-thirds of the elected members of each chamber to override a veto: 23 senators in the 34-member Senate and 109 representatives in the 163-member House. Republicans hold a 24-10 edge in the Senate and a 109-53 majority in the House. However, ten of the seventeen vetoed bills to be considered by the Senate originally passed with bipartisan votes of 30 or more.  Excluding appropriations bills, 13 House bills and 19 Senate bills were vetoed by the governor. From a list of vetoed bills by chamber, look below.      


A successful override is almost never an easy task. In fact, over almost 200 years, the General Assembly has overridden less than two dozen vetoes, eight of which have happened in the last four decades. In recent memory, legislators have voted to override no more than three vetoes at a single veto session (2003). For a historical list of successful veto overrides, look below.

How You Can Help

My votes during session are guided by the information I have on hand, the input I receive from you, and the best interests of the people of the 30th District. None of the bills I sponsored or handled this year were vetoed, but I have been reviewing those bills that were vetoed, including the specific objections raised by the governor.  What you think about these bills is very important to me. If you have the time to share your thoughts in your own words, it's greatly appreciated. Even if you simply register your opinion - whether you support or oppose a override - or only  have time to sign a message indicating you agree with a particular group's viewpoint, I appreciate the feedback. What matters most is your involvement in the process. You can contact me through the web form on my website or by e-mailing me directly at bob.dixon@senate.mo.gov.  






(2013 Session)


HB 110 - Changes the laws regarding elections, including writs of election, vacancies in statewide offices, elimination of certain primary elections in third class cities, the date of the presidential primary, and the automatic recount of votes. Vetoed July 12, 2013 - view veto letter

HB 253 - Establishes the Broad-Based Tax Relief Act of 2013 that reduces the tax on corporate business income and business income for sole proprietors, partners, and shareholders in S-corporation. Vetoed June 5, 2013 - view veto letter

HB 278 - Prohibits any state or local governmental entity; public building, park, or school; or public setting or place from banning or restricting the practice, mention, celebration, or discussion of any federal holiday. Vetoed July 1, 2013 - view veto letter 

HB 301 - Adds the prosecutor of the jurisdiction into which a sexually violent predator is to be released to the list of those who must be served the offender's petition for conditional release over specified objections. Vetoed July 3, 2013 - view veto letter 

HB 329 - Changes the laws regarding certain residential real estate loan violationsVetoed July 2, 2013 - view veto letter HB 339 - Requires uninsured motorists to forfeit recovery of noneconomic damages under certain circumstances. Vetoed July 3, 2013 - view veto letter 

HB 436 - Establishes the Second Amendment Preservation Act which rejects all federal acts that infringe on a Missouri citizens' rights under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. Vetoed July 5, 2013 - view veto letter

HB 611 - Changes the laws regarding unemployment compensation. Vetoed July 2, 2013 - view veto letter 

HB 650 - Designates the Land Survey Program headquarters as the "Robert E. Myers Building." Vetoed July 12, 2013 - view veto letter 

HB 1035 - Changes the laws regarding amended property tax rate filings with the Office of the State Auditor and repeals the expiration date of the provision requiring certain counties and the City of St. Louis to deduct a percentage of property taxes collections for assessment costs.

Vetoed July 12, 2013 - view veto letter




SB 9 - Modifies provisions relating to agriculture

Vetoed July 2, 2013 - view veto letter


SB 28 - Redefines "misconduct" and "good cause" for the purposes of disqualification from unemployment benefits

Vetoed July 2, 2013 - view veto letter


SB 29 - Requires authorization for certain labor unions to use dues and fees to make political contributions and requires consent for withholding earnings from paychecks

June 25, 2013 - view veto letter


SB 34 - Requires the Division of Workers' Compensation to develop and maintain a workers' compensation claims database

July 2, 2013 - view veto letter


SB 43 - Modifies various provisions relating to transportation

Vetoed July 11, 2013 - view veto letter


SB 51 - Modifies provisions relating to the regulation of motor vehicles

Vetoed June 26, 2013 - view veto letter


SB 60 - Modifies the law regarding the accreditation requirements for reinsurance companies and specifies when insurers can take credit or reduce liability due to reinsurance

Vetoed May 17, 2013 - view veto letter


SB 73 - Modifies provisions relating to the judicial process, including provisions relating to motorcycle brake lights

Vetoed July 3, 2013 - view veto letter


SB 77 - Allows for certain neighborhood youth development programs to be exempt from child care licensing requirements

Vetoed July 3, 2013 - view veto letter


SB 110 - Establishes procedures to follow in child custody and visitation cases for military personnel

Vetoed July 3, 2013 - view veto letter


SB 129 - Establishes the Volunteer Health Services Act to allow for licensed health care professionals to provide volunteer services for a sponsoring organization

Vetoed July 3, 2013 - view veto letter


SB 170 - Allows members of public governmental bodies to cast roll call votes in a meeting if the member is participating via videoconferencing

Vetoed July 2, 2013 - view veto letter


SB 224 - Modifies provisions relating to crimes and law enforcement officers and agencies

Vetoed July 1, 2013 - view veto letter


SB 240 - Modifies provisions relating to ratemaking for gas corporations

Vetoed July 10, 2013 - view veto letter


SB 265 - Prohibits the state and political subdivisions from implementing policies affecting property rights and from entering into certain relationships with organizations

Vetoed July 1, 2013 - view veto letter


SB 267 - Specifies how courts may rule in contractual disputes involving the law of other countries and jurisdictional issues involving other countries

Vetoed June 3, 2013 - view veto letter


SB 342 - Modifies provisions relating to agriculture

Vetoed July 2, 2013 - view veto letter



Bill No.



Date of Veto

(and Veto Letter)

Override Vote









A bill relating to legislative expenses


Alexander McNair


Senate (9-3)

House (28-7)



Nine private bills granting divorces


Daniel Dunklin





An act to establish a criminal court in the county of St. Louis


Lilburn Boggs

January 29, 1839

Senate (18-11)

House (66-18)



An act to expedite the construction of the Cairo and Fulton Railroad of Missouri


Sterling Price

December 7, 1855

Senate (21-6)

House (67-37)



An act to secure the completion of certain Railroads in this State


Sterling Price

December 10, 1855

Senate (20-11)

House (67-49)


SB 108

"Nursing Practice Act"


Christopher S. (Kit) Bond


June 14, 1975

Senate (27-7)

House (116-44)



Appropriation for the proposed Truman Office Building


Joseph Teasdale


Senate (32-1)

House (141-21)


HB 427

"Infant's Protection Act"


Mel Carnahan

July 12, 1999

Senate (27-7)

House (127-34)


HB 349

An act relating to

concealable weapons

Bob Holden

July 3, 2003

House Journal, pp. 9-10


Senate (23-10)

House (115-43)



HB 156

An act relating to a

twenty-four hour waiting period for certain medical procedures


Bob Holden

July 9, 2003

House Journal, pp. 5-6

Senate (25-8)

House (121-38)


SB 13

An act relating to the rights of political subdivisions


Bob Holden

July 9, 2003

Senate Journal, pp. 7-8

Senate (23-10)

House (119-38)



HB 193

An act relating to the composition of congressional districts


Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon

April 30, 2011

Senate (28-6)

House (109-44)


SB 749

An act relating to the protection of the religious beliefs and moral convictions of

certain persons and entities

Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon

July 12, 2012

Senate (26-6)

House (109-45)