House Bill 1329,which would have changedthe laws regarding motor vehicles;Senate Bill 569,which would have modifiedthe law relating to elections, lawenforcement districts and transit authoritytaxes; andSenate Bill 635,which would have modifiedthe law relating to financial institutions,school funds, private roads, real estateappraisal, agricultural education programs,liens and state purchasing preferences.Probably the most talked about veto was givento Senate Bill 749,which sought to provide
protection for the religious beliefs as to theimposition of certain health care services such asabortion, contraception or sterilization. Thismeasure was aimed at helping folks keep fromhaving to answer to unnecessary demands madeby the federal government in advance of nationalized health care.All of the bills that were vetoed could bereconsidered during the annual veto session,which will be held in September. I fully anticipateSenate Bill 749 to be at the front of the list. To myknowledge, the votes to override exist in both theMissouri Senate and House. Missourians alreadysent a strong message to Washington, D.C., twoyears ago with their rejection of the idea of mandated health care coverage, and another blowcould be dealt if the Missouri General Assembly
overrides the governor’s veto on Senate Bill 749.
This is a perfect example of government in actionand how it was meant to be done, according to our
state’s constitution. Lawmakers deb
ate bills; thegovernor can sign, veto or let legislation becomelaw; if need be, the courts can determine if a lawis constitutional or not. We will see what willhappen to some of these vetoes in just a few shortweeks. My plan is to represent the needs of ruralMissourians and stand up for my constituents, as Ialways do.