Missouri state lawmakers overturned a record ten bills during their annual veto session on September 11. The Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) advocacy team was on hand to monitor the session as the General Assembly voted on a total of 17 bills. Two of the more controversial bills, HB 253 (tax cut bill) and HB 436 (federal gun law nullification bill) were unsuccessful and their veto was sustained. Click here for a summary of all bills voted on during the veto session.
During a break in floor debate on September 11, the House of Representatives elected current Majority Floor Leader John Diehl (R-District 89) as the next Speaker of the House. Diehl will replace current Speaker Tim Jones (R-District 110) after the 2014 legislative session. Representative Denny Hoskins (R-District 54) made his debut as the newly elected Speaker Pro Tem, replacing Jason Smith who vacated the position after being elected to the United States Congress.
Veto session also provided an opportunity to make contacts with leaders in the State Senate and House of Representatives. David Kent, director of State Legislative Affairs and Amy McLard, senior vice president of Advocacy for MCUA, met with more than 20 lawmakers on September 10-11. Click here for a list of lawmakers the MCUA Advocacy team met with.
“Veto session affords us a unique opportunity to meet with key legislators and discuss matters important to credit unions,” says Amy McLard, senior vice president of Advocacy for the Missouri Credit Union Association. “Outside of the regular session, this is the only time all lawmakers are together in one place. We met with leadership, financial committee members, credit union friends and a number of other lawmakers.”
With veto session over, lawmakers are scheduled to return to Jefferson City on January 8 for the 2014 regular session.