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House failsto overridetax-cut bill
Local legislators: Tax relief must be picked up again
By Olivia Ingleolivia@newstribune.com
 While Rep. Jay Barnes said he isn’t surprisedthe Missouri House failed to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a controversial tax-cut bill, the Jef-ferson City lawmaker thought the vote would bemuch closer.The override failed 94-67. The tax-cut billneeded 109 votes, a two-thirds majority, to passthe House and move to the Senate.Nixon applauded the General Assembly forsustaining his veto.“Today’s vote represents a defining momentfor our state and a victory for all Missourians,”Nixon said Wednesday in a press conference afterthe vote.Barnes voted ‘yes’ on the tax-cut bill; as didRep. Mike Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City; and Rep.Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane.The bill, House Bill 253, included a half-per-cent income tax reduction for individuals andbusinesses over at least a 10-year period. It soughtto increase taxes on textbooks and prescriptiondrugs.In Nixon’s veto letter, the governor said thelegislation “is an ill-conceived, fiscally irrespon-sible experiment that would inject far-reachinguncertainty into our economy, undermine ourstate’s fiscal health, and jeopardize basic fundingfor education and vital public services.”In the days leading up to the veto session,Nixon rallied key groups by his side.In July, The Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) released calculations pre-dicting if the tax-cut bill were passed, that thestate’s 520 public school districts could lose at
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Four and Twenty Blackbirds Productions will take tothe stage as Jefferson City’s newest theater troupe.
 
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While lawmakers voted tooverride a number of lesser  vetoes, the Republican super-majorities failed to save twomajor bills — the tax cut andgun rights. Are you surprisedby the votes? Pleased or dis-pleased with the outcome of  the veto session?
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Blair Oaks remembers
Dozens of students plant fieldof 2,976 U.S. flags to mark anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks
By Kris Hilgedick kris@newstribune.com
 When people say “We remember” in conjunction with the events of Sept. 11, what do they mean? Dothey mean we should always recall the suffering of our fellow Americans? We should not forget the forti-tude of the people who found the strength to recoverfrom that heinous attack? Or the idea that we still facean implacable foe?For the students of Blair Oaks High School, the words mean that America is a country that findsstrength in its unity.On Wednesday about 75 senior high studentsplaced 2,976 flags into the ground as a memorial tothe victims who died in the attack. Many of the teens who helped with the task were only kindergartners when the attacks happened.“We were really little when it happened and wedon’t have vivid memories,” saidBen Campbell, president of the BlairOaks Student Council. “We don’tremember it first-hand, but we stillknow what happened.”Campbell was the first to suggestthe idea to the council.“I saw something kind of like it —I’m not sure where — and I thought,‘That’s a good way to show that weremember.’” As students placed the flags into the soil, they chatted quietly. Later their mood grew more reflectiveas Campbell addressed his peers. He said that whilethe loss that day was devastating, the flags are meantto demonstrate that Americans are still moving for- ward as a nation.
 Julie Smith/News Tribune
Before the start of classes Wednesday morning, students from Blair Oaks HighSchool stuck 2,976 miniature flags in the soil near Route M in front of the school.It took only a few minutes as numerous students participated in the remembranceactivities on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Servicesfor 9/11around the nation
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“The flags show that we can weather bad events and that we can bind together as a country and show our unity.” 
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Rep. Jeffery Justus, R-Branson, raises his hand to speak during Wednesday’s veto session.
Nixon ‘gunrights’ vetosustained
House votes to override,but Senate comes upone vote short
By Bob Watsonbwatson@newstribune.com
Missouri senators blocked a likely legal battle over a bill supporters saidprotects Missourians’ constitutionalright to bear arms. With the help of two Republicans —Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey,R-St. Charles, and Floor Leader RonRichard, R-Joplin — and all 10 Demo-crats, the Senate fell one vote short of overriding Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of thebill that lawmakers call the “Second Amendment Preservation Act.The Senate vote was 22-10. Mid-Mis-souri Republicans Mike Kehoe, JeffersonCity, and Kurt Schaefer, Columbia, bothvoted to override.The House gathered the bare mini-mum two-thirds vote needed, overrid-ing Nixon’s veto by a 109-49 margin, with three abstentions.Opponents argued that it’s really a nullification bill, because, as Rep.Mike Colona, D-St. Louis, told House
Three vetoes stand:
 
 Tax cut, gun rights, sex offenders
Record number of vetoes overridden
By Olivia Ingle and Bob Watsonnews@newstribune.com
Missouri lawmakers’ rejection of more than a half-dozen of Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes set a new record forsuccessful overrides.But three of the big-ticket bills didn’t make it to thatlist.The House failed to override Nixon’s veto of a contro-versial tax cuts bill, and the Senate fell one vote short of passing the “Second Amendment Preservation Act” overthe governor’s objections. The sex offender registry bill was withdrawn by its sponsor shortly after it was calledin the House.Lawmakers were expected to finish their veto session work in one, long day rather than taking two or threedays as had been predicted earlier. At press time, theHouse was reviewing Senate bills.Even before the veto session officially began Wednes-day, the Capitol grounds were a flurry of activity.Gun rights advocates gathered on the South Lawn fora late-morning rally supporting lawmakers’ efforts tooverride Nixon’s veto of the gun rights bill.Opponents said it would nullify certain federal gunpolicies and make it illegal for federal authorities toenforce the laws, or to work with local and state law officers.But the supporters argued the measure re-enforcedMissourians’ rights to keep and bear arms, already granted by the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendmentbut threatened by the federal government and others who seek to regulate those rights.Once the session began at noon, the Senate worked
Please see Tax cut, p. 3Please see Gun rights, p. 3
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Toby Keith
has raised $2 mil-lion that will go to a fund run by the United Way of CentralOklahoma — and there’s still more money to be counted.Organizers told the Norman Transcript newspaper thatsome donations from the July 6 concert at University of Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium are still being calculated. A number of entertainers contributed their time and talentto a relief effort aimed at helping nearby Moore, where 24people died. A May 20 tornado cut a 17-mile path of destruc-tion through the Oklahoma City suburb with winds thatexceeded 200 mph. Spring storms caused an estimated $1billion in damage.The six-hour concert drew about 60,000 people. Per-formers included Keith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn and Mel Tillis.
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Missouri Republicanswere to meet privately Wednesday tonominate a new House speaker to takeover in 2015. Two members are compet-ing for the chamber’s top post.
METH LAB SEIZURES:
The same twostates that have led the nation in methlab seizures for the past several years— Missouri and Tennessee — wereNos. 1 and 2 again in 2012, according todata from the Drug Enforcement Admin-istration. But overall, meth lab incidentsdeclined for the second straight year.
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SEPT. 11 ANNIVERSARY:
Life in lowerManhattan resembled any ordinary dayas workers rushed to their jobs in themuggy heat, but time stood still at theWorld Trade Center site while familieswept for loved ones who perished inthe terror attacks 12 years ago. For thefamilies, the memories of that day arestill vivid, the pain still acute. Some whoread the names of a beloved big brotheror a cherished daughter could hardlyspeak through their tears.
BUDGET BATTLE:
A revolt by tea partyconservatives forces House GOP leadersto delay a vote on a temporary spendingbill required to prevent a governmentshutdown next month. GOP leaders pullthe measure after vote counts showthem running into opposition from sev-eral dozen staunch conservatives whothink the leadership is not fighting hardenough to block implementation of Pres-ident Barack Obama’s health care law.
GUN CONTROL RECALL:
Democraticvoters in Colorado helped remove twostate senators of their own party whovoted for tighter gun control — anouster that was both intensely local anda national test of what can happen tolawmakers who support gun restrictionsin battleground states.
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Sunday
Bungalow revitalized
 A charming bungalow at 938 Fair-mount Blvd., has been fixed up to win the Golden Hammer Award.
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TVWEEK: Tom Mison stars in“Sleepy Hollow,” premieringMonday on Fox.
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Showboaters showoff!
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Football Friday results
Get the scores and details fromall the key high school games inMid-Missouri.
 
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“The flags show that wecan weather bad events andthat we can bind together as acountry and show our unity,”he said.Campbell, an 18-year oldsenior, also said that very unity is why he values his experi-ences at Blair Oaks.“It’s a big family,” he said.“We really don’t have cliques orgroups here. It’s nice to be ableto talk to anybody.”Logan Gratz, also a senior,said he feels it’s “our job” toremember the people whodied on Sept. 11.“We still have to live ourlives for them and rememberthem,” Gratz said.Gratz said his peers were“excited” to participate in theproject.“Everyone knew that itmeant something and it stoodfor more than just putting alittle flag in the ground,” hesaid.
 
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least $260 million a year instate aid.Three teachers unionsreleased an analysis nearly two weeks ago, estimatingthat about 5,400-9,400 publicschool teachers in Missouricould be let go if the Legisla-ture overrides Nixon’s veto of House Bill 253.Naysayers of Nixon’s vetobelieve the bill is key for Mis-souri businesses and state jobgrowth.The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry saidthe bill would allow Missourito compete economically withother states.Daniel P. Mehan, presidentof the chamber, touted similartax cuts that have been suc-cessful in six states surround-ing Missouri—Kansas, Oklaho-ma, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansasand Tennessee.Barnes said the argumentspresented for, and against, thetax-cut bill during Wednesday’sveto session were no differentthan the one’s presented priorto the day.Rep. T.J. Berry, R-Kearney,sponsored the bill and saidinvesting in small businesses,through tax cuts, enables thestate to grow.“We want to help thepeople of Missouri grow,” hesaid Wednesday in the Housechambers.Rep. Jill Schupp, D-CreveCoeur, told fellow House mem-bers the bill would hurt themiddle class.“We are lining the pocketsof corporations’ top brass fornothing in return,” she said.“It’s bad for the middle class.It’s bad tax policy.”She also said the bill wouldunder-fund education evenmore.In response to the House’svote on the veto override of thetax-cut bill, Riddle said she’s atrue believer in win-win situ-ations.“There’s no reason for usnot to be able to give Missouritax cuts and to fund educa-tion,” she said in support of atax-cut bill.Barnes agreed.“I do think we need to go ina different direction in devel-oping broad-based tax relief for small businesses,” he said.“We’ve got to find a way toincentivize and invest in Mis-souri.”House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka said the failed overrideof the vetoed tax-cut bill “isonly a temporary setback forthe majority of House mem-bers who believe substantivetax relief is the best way togrow our economy.”“We will not be swayed fromour efforts to provide Missou-rians with the tax relief they deserve, and we will make a tax cut our top legislative priority  when we return for the 2014legislative session in January,”Jones said.
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colleagues: “It says federallaws are not to be followed inMissouri.”The Senate picked up thebill two hours later and debat-ed the issue for an hour beforesustaining the veto.Nixon’s four-page veto let-ter said the law violates theU.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, which says laws andtreaties passed under the Con-stitution must be followed if they differ from state laws.Supporters of the bill saidthat’s not an issue, because thenew law only rejects federallaws that are unconstitution-al, that infringe on a Missouricitizen’s rights under the U.S.Constitution’s Second Amend-ment.
“This bill is saying we wantto stand up and protect therights and liberties under ourMissouri and U.S. constitu-tions,” House sponsor DougFunderburk, R-St. Charles, saidas he urged the House to over-ride the veto.Nixon and Attorney Gen-eral Chris Koster both arguedthe bill would prohibit federalagents from doing their jobs. And, Koster said in a Sept. 3letter to lawmakers, passing thelaw would prevent state andlocal law officers from working with federal officials on jointtask forces or investigations.The Missouri Sheriff’s Asso-ciation and other law enforce-ment groups agreed, urginglawmakers to sustain Nixon’sveto.But the bill’s Senate sponsor,Brian Nieves, R-Washington,called Koster’s letter “a joke”and “a bunch of baloney.” And, he added, Koster “haslied and lied and lied” aboutthe impact of the bill.Nieves said to Koster, eventhough the attorney general wasn’t in the chamber: “Thepeople of Missouri will remem-ber what you did when youask them to be their next gov-ernor.”Koster, a former Republican who switched parties aboutsix years ago, is considered by many to be the front-runnerto succeed Nixon in the 2016elections.Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kan-sas City, objected to Nieves’complaints about the attorney general, saying Koster’s lettershowed lawmakers a numberof problems “with a poorly  written bill.”House and Senate Demo-crats both noted the bill wouldmake it a misdemeanor crimefor newspapers and anyoneelse to publish the names,addresses or other identifyinginformation of any gun owner.They said that would pre-vent the publication of picturesand stories about successfulhunters.Rep. Jill Schlupp, D-CreveCoeur, argued before the Housevote: “A pedophile with a gun will be protected from havinghis name published.“A drug dealer will be invis-ible from the public, if he ownsa gun.”
The Missouri Press Asso-ciation voted last week to filea lawsuit challenging the law,if both houses had overriddenthe governor.
 
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 ABOVE: Rep. Neal Torpey,R-Independence and Rep.Mike Bernskoetter, R-Jef-ferson City, near, keep eyesand ears on debate on thefloor of the Missouri Houseof Representatives during  the opening hours of thisyear’s veto session.LEFT: Rep. Jeanie Riddle,R-Callaway County, refers to the Missouri Constitutionbook during floor debateWednesday.
Lawmakers sustain vetoof sex offender bill
Measure set aside without vote
By the Associated Press
Missouri legislators on Wednesday sustained Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that wouldhave relaxed public notifica-tion requirements for hun-dreds of people convicted of sex offenses as juveniles.The House briefly discussedthe bill but set it aside with-out voting on an override aftersupporters acknowledged thatmany of their colleagues hadconcerns about it.Under the bill, people who were younger than 18 whenthey committed sex offenses would have no longer appearedon law enforcement websitesthat list the names, photosand addresses of sex offend-ers. It would have removed 858of the 13,581 people currently listed on the Missouri Highway Patrol’s sex offender website.The legislation also wouldhave allowed juvenile sex offenders to eventually seek removal from the lists of reg-istered sex offenders kept by police.Supporters of the bill hadargued people convicted as youths deserved a secondchance at a life.But Nixon had said the billcould have hidden the where-abouts of some people whocommitted violent offenses andthus endangered the public.In defense of his veto, Nix-on’s office distributed informa-tion on specific sex offenders who could have been removedfrom the list. Among them wasDaniel Winfrey, who was 15 years old in April 1991, whensisters Julie and Robin Kerry  were raped and killed near St.Louis. Winfrey pleaded guilty to second-degree murder andrape after agreeing to testify against several others involvedin the crime.Other offenders cited by thegovernor’s office as likely to beremoved from the public reg-istry included men who hadbeen convicted as juveniles of rape, sexual assault and sod-omy against children who wereages 5, 6, 7 and 8.
much more quickly than theHouse.Combined, the two cham-bers had 29 vetoed bills up forpossible override.Each chamber debatedmost of the bills but passedover others.Debates are allowed so thatlawmakers themselves havea chance to argue for, andagainst, efforts to reject thegovernor’s rejections.The Missouri Constitutionrequires a two-thirds vote of the total seats in each chamberto override a governor’s veto:109 in the House, 23 in theSenate. A bill must be overridden bboth chambers to become law. At the top of many lawmak-ers’ agenda this year were:
House Bill 253
The House failed to over-ride the 177-page bill that pro-posed, among other things, tocut income taxes on personalincomes and businesses, andto increase taxes on textbooksand prescription drugs.The vote was 94-67 — 15votes short of the 109 neededfor an override.The Senate never had achance to debate it.Supporters of the bill said itpromoted business growth inthe state, as well as increased job opportunity.But those opposed, includ-ing Nixon, worried it would cutkey funding for education andsocial services.
House Bill 301
Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farm-ington, withdrew his motionfor the override of the bill which would have modified sex offender laws, including allow-ing some on the Offender Reg-istry to be removed for crimesthey committed as teenagers.He said many lawmakersaren’t comfortable with thelanguage of the bill, so it wouldbe beneficial to work on modi-fying it, and bring it back in2014.
House Bill 436
The House voted 109-49, with three abstentions, to over-ride Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of thegun rights measure, but theSenate defeated the override,by a 22-12 margin — one shortof the 23 votes needed.Supporters said it defendedMissourians’ rights to keep andbear arms.Opponents said the bill would nullify the enforcementof federal gun laws in the state,a violation of the U.S. Consti-tution’s Supremacy Clause.Near the end of the day,House Speaker Tim Jonesurged the governor to call leg-islators into a special sessionto address the issues Nixonhad within his vetoed bills.“The legislature is ready and willing to work with Gov. Nixonto ensure these new laws haveno unintended consequencesor negative repercussions,”said Jones, R-Eureka. “If hetruly believes these pieces of legislation are flawed, we canimmediately be called into aspecial session where we canquickly and efficiently fix any problems that may exist with aminimal cost to taxpayers.”Nixon last week rejected asimilar call for a special ses-sion on the tax cuts bill, sayinglawmakers would have plenty of time in the 2014 session toaddress those issues.He said in a press confer-ence Wednesday evening thathe’s open to tax reform, as longas it is directly tied to job cre-ation and is affordable.“I’ve not closed my eyes ormy mind to sitting down andhaving a thoughtful discussionabout it,” he said.
 Zach Matson contributed tothis report.
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9/11 remembrance
 ABOVE: WWII veteran and former Prisoner of War, Army Air Corps Sgt. Ralph Kalberloh listens to other guest speak-ers before giving his own harrowing war story during a 9/11remembrance ceremony and reception at the Cole County His- torical Society courtyard on Wednesday.RIGHT: A gathered crowd listens as veteran U.S. Air Forcefighter pilot, Lt. Col. Terry Walker gives his story about wherehe was on Sept. 11, 2001.
 Veto session:
Majority leader wins GOP contest for speaker
By the Associated Press
Missouri House Republi-cans opted for their chamber’scurrent majority leader to betheir 2015 nominee for speak-er.Meeting privately during Wednesday’s veto override ses-sion, House Republicans sided with Majority Leader JohnDiehl, of Town and Country, who had been challenged by Rep. Caleb Jones of California.The House speaker is thetop position in the 163-mem-ber House and is officially elected by the chamber onthe first day of each biennialsession. But the Republicanscurrently hold 109 seats andassume their nominee will win. Under a tradition begunseveral terms ago, Republicanshave picked their next nomi-nee for speaker more than a year before the election to givethe person time to prepare forthe job. Republicans have con-trolled the state House since2003.Current House SpeakerTim Jones, of Eureka, is barredby term-limits from runningfor re-election to the Housein 2014. Both Jones and hisimmediate predecessor, Ste-ven Tilley, served as majority leader before becoming speak-er. Tim Jones and Caleb Jonesare cousins.

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