We did override a record number of bills this year--ten in total. To explain how historic this was, let's look at history. From 1855 till 1976 there were no vetoes overridden. From 1976 until this year there have only been eight overridden vetoes. Our Governor now owns the dubious record of being the most overridden Governor in Missouri's history. To give you a quick look at the overrides, HB 19 was the line item that appropriated $1 million for a vocational school that burned in Pike County, HB 278 prohibits state and local governments from banning or restricting mention, practice, celebration, or discussion of any Federal holiday, HB 339 changes the laws regarding residential real estate loan violations, HB 339 requires forfeit of non economic damages for uninsured motorists, HB 650 caps punitive damages Doe Run will have to pay in lawsuits over lead exposure, HB 1035 changes laws regarding political subdivisions, SB 110 establishes child custody and visitation rights for deploying military parents, SB 9 deals with rustling cattle and foreign ownership restrictions on farmland, SB 129 allows a licensed health care provider to volunteer professional care for a sponsoring organization, SB 170 allows members of public governmental bodies to cast roll call votes via videoconferencing. I voted in favor of all the overrides.
I held a child abuse and neglect sub-committee hearing the day before veto session and we heard testimony from prosecutors. Our next meeting will be a town hall format in Pineville at the Community Center. I plan to hear comments from the public and have encouraged all 14 members of the committee to hold similar meetings in their districts. We will then compare notes and add the testimonies to our report to the House and senate in January. More information on the meeting will be coming soon. Until next week, I am and remain in your service.