Analysis: Nixon sets personal high for vetoes
Sun, 14 Jul 2013 22:50:00 GMT —
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has set a personal high mark for vetoes during this year's legislative session.
Nixon spiked 29 of the 145 non-budgetary bills sent to his desk. That amounts to a 20 percent rejection rate.
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-Columbia, says the new Republican supermajority in the Legislature appears to have passed more conservative bills. He says 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.