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Missouri Veto Session Brings Opportunity for Relationship Building with Lawmakers

Credit union leaders, staff and volunteers are invited to attend Missouri's annual Veto Session receptions on September 13-14. Veto session receptions offer an excellent opportunity to meet with state lawmakers - including members of leadership and key committees for credit unions - in a relaxed and fun setting.

Nearly 20 receptions and fundraisers featuring more than 50 lawmakers are planned, including three at Heartland Credit Union Association's (HCUA) Credit Union House in Jefferson City. The majority of events will be held the evening of September 13, within walking distance of Credit Union House.

For a full list of events, please click here.

If you would like to attend, or for additional information, please contact David Kent, 314-542-1343.

Credit Union House Set to Host Three Events During Veto Session

HCUA's Jefferson City office is scheduled to host three events for more than a dozen lawmakers on September 13. Here are the details of those events:

  • From 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Reps. Chuck Basye, Glen Kolkmeyer & Holly Rehder
  • From 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Reps. Elijah Haahr, Jim Hansen, Elaine Gannon, Jim Neely & Donna Pfautsch
  • From 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Reps. Kurt Bahr, Justin Hill, Bart Korman, Chrissy Sommer, Bryan Spencer & John Wiemann

2016 Veto Session Features One Bill of Interest

A bill with potential impact to credit union operations is expected to be discussed during Veto Session. HB 1976, sponsored by Rep. Denny Hoskins (R-District 54), is intended to clarify a vehicle service contract refund may go to the entity that financed the purchase of the contract. The clarification is needed because current law is not clear on who should receive the refund. Credit unions often finance vehicle service contracts as part of the vehicle loan.

HB 1976 passed the House 122-29 and the Senate 29-3 during the Regular Session.

About Veto Session

The Missouri General Assembly returns to Jefferson City on Wednesday, September 14, for its annual Veto Session. Veto Session gives legislators a final opportunity to enact legislation despite the governor’s objections.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) vetoed 22 bills during the 2016 session. Of the vetoes, twenty will be eligible for veto override attempts. The other two vetoes – SB 586 dealing with public school funding (veto overridden) and HB 1891 pertaining to union dues (veto sustained) – were brought up for discussion during the Regular Session.

A two-thirds majority vote in both chambers is required to override a veto. This equates to 23 votes in the Senate and 109 votes in the House. Currently, the Senate has a 24-7 Republican majority with three vacancies, and the House has a 115-45 Republican majority.