A bill allowing Missouri employers to choose whether to cover contraception and abortion services may still become law, despite Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto Thursday.
Lawmakers of both parties said the veto was primed for an override when lawmakers reconvene in September.
“I’d put it at a 100 percent chance that we’ll pass an override in the Senate, and I would put it in the 95 percentile that the House does it, too,” said Sen. Will Kraus, a Lee’s Summit Republican.
The bill, which easily passed the Republican-led legislature, was seen as a direct attack on the Obama administration’s health care law, which includes a policy that requires employers to provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives to their workers.
In vetoing the measure, Nixon said Missouri already had a law that does what the new bill called for. He said the older law — on the books for more than a decade — gives employers the freedom to omit contraceptive coverage from their health plans “if the use or provision of such contraceptives is contrary to the moral, ethical or religious beliefs or tenets of such person or entity.”
Overriding the bill requires two-thirds support in both chambers. The Senate passed the measure with 26 votes, three more than needed for a veto override. In the House, however, the measure passed with 105 votes, four short of the 109 needed for override. But 25 lawmakers were absent on the frantic final day of the legislative session when the measure was considered, and party leaders said a good number of those 25 backed the measure.
The knuckle-draggers strike again. GOD, I wish we could get rid of these idjits!! (Will Kraus wasn't always a Republican--he used to be a Nazi, I think.)
I have Pearce, who is awful but seems almost sane compared to Kraus. And I knew the Stouffers many years ago (running on R ticket for Sec of State)-batshit crazy hypocrites. Oh, and I have a couple of stories about Matt Blunt that would make your toes curl. (I won't tell them because they involve a friend and she doesn't want to be outed but we'll say-like father, like son.)
Anyway, Missouri has turned away from the real values of its native son, Harry Truman, and has become the playground for the Assemblies of God. At least, it's governed like it is.