September 27, 2013
Missouri 2013 Veto Session Ends
The 2013 Missouri Veto Session ended with some pleasant surprises for Labor. It was the bipartisan effort that put the shameful Paycheck Deception, SB29, in the grave for at least this year. As always the Senate Democrats, led by Senator Gina Walsh (District 13) were with us all the way. Every single Democratic Senator stood and made their arguments against the bill and stated that the Governor’s Veto should not be overridden.
Wrapping up the arguments for Democrats was Senator Jamilah Nasheed (District 5) who stated that the real purpose of the Bill was to silence the voice of workers in the political arena, who have no other way to communicate their concerns except through the Labor Organization that these workers choose to be members of.
When the votes were finally cast on the veto override, all 10 Democrats stood with Labor, but that would leave us two short and the override would stand. That is when 2 other members of the Senate stood with Labor. Senator Wayne Wallingford (Republican, District 27) cast a solid “No” vote and Senator Gary Romine left the Senate Chamber and was not there to cast an “aye” vote.
If either Senator Wallingford or Romine are your State Senator please call and thank them for what they did. And if you are lucky enough to live in a Democratic Senate District please call your Senator and thank them for not only what they did on Senate Bill 29 but for their hard work all year.
Other Bills that where crucial to working families also failed to be overridden either in the House or the Senate.
House Minority Leader Jake Hummel (District 81) and House Democratic Labor Caucus Chair Bob Burns (District 93) meanwhile led the fight for Working Families in the House.
Bills that would have negatively affected working families pertaining to unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation benefits and the tax cut for Missouri’s wealthy and corporations that would have taken much needed money away from school districts and reinstituted sales tax on prescription drugs where all vetoed by the Governor and because of all of the hard work of all of the Senators and Representatives mentioned above and many, many more, those vetoes stood.