The sponsor of a bill requiring Missourians to submit a photo ID before voting predicts the Legislature will override Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) veto in September. State Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee’s Summit) notes the Missouri Senate passed his bill 24-8 in May. The Missouri House approved Kraus’ bill 112-38 in May. An override requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers, which means at least 23 votes in the Senate and 109 in the House. “I fully believe there will be 24 people voting to override, or at least 23. As we get closer to veto session, we’ll make sure that everybody plans to attend and we’ll double-check and make sure that nobody has changed their mind,” says Kraus.
He does not anticipate a filibuster on his measure during September’s veto session. Kraus predicts lawmakers will wrap up in one day. The Missouri Constitution allows up to ten days for a Veto Session.
“The previous history on filibusters on veto overrides has been that the majority goes ahead and does what is called the previous question, which stops debate and goes to a vote. I’m not saying that’s what’s going to happen in this situation, but that’s been the previous recent history,” says Kraus.