Each year, the Missouri General Assembly gets the opportunity to review those bills that were given the thumbs down from the governor. It is a part of our system of checks and balances. Deciding to override a veto is also a good way to take a second look at something that may have been a good idea a few months ago, but something changed and undoing a veto could make a real impact.

There are years when veto session comes and goes with no action taken. Such was the case this year. There were a handful of line-item vetoes made on portions of our state’s Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget. In addition, there were four bills that were turned down by the executive branch. If the desire is there to override, then the sponsor of a bill can bring it up for consideration in the respective chamber. If there is not, then nothing is done.

This year, members of the Missouri House of Representatives opted to vote to override some of the line-item vetoes. However, the Missouri Senate chose not to go along with these actions. By the same token, one of the Senate bills to see a veto remains that way, because the sponsor decided not to take up the bill for consideration.

In some respects, the end of veto session means the end of the legislative year. From here, most lawmakers will now start the process of looking ahead to the next regular legislative session, which will start in January. I am doing the same. I spend a great deal of time meeting with constituents to get the pulse of the 12th Senatorial District, which covers a large area of our state, but it is a great pleasure to do so. I look forward to meeting with more of you between now and the end of the year.

Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, represents District 12 in the Missouri Senate. His constituency includes part of Clay County including Kearney. Hegeman can be reached at (573) 751-1415 or dan.hegeman@senate.mo.gov.

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