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MO Legislature Override Nixon's Veto on Bill of Interest to Credit Unions

A bill containing two provisions with potential impact to credit unions will become law on October 14.  The Missouri General Assembly voted to override Governor Jay Nixon's (D) veto of HB 1976 during its annual Veto Session in Jefferson City on September 14. The bill establishes several new regulations concerning tow truck companies, including mandatory hours of operation for storage lots, and also clarifies that a lender may receive a vehicle service contract refund if the service contract was financed. Lawmakers overrode the Governor's veto 110-44 in the House and 27-3 in the Senate.

HB 1976 was sponsored by Rep. Denny Hoskins (R-District 54) and carried by Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-District 18) in the Senate. Heartland Credit Union Association (HCUA) Advocacy worked in support of the veto override.

"Both provisions in this bill will benefit and help protect credit unions in Missouri," says David Kent, HCUA's director of Missouri legislative and political affairs. "The tow truck regulations address some of the findings in a 2015 Senate Interim Task Force on Predatory Towing Practices, including mandatory hours a tow truck lot must be open. This is intended to help owners access their vehicles in a timely manner, which will reduce lot fees. The other issue simply clarifies in statute vehicle service contract refunds may go to the lender who financed the contract, or to the consumer if the contract was not financed. This clarification will provide guidance on who should receive the service contract refund."

HB 1976 sponsor Rep. Denny Hoskins speaks on the House floor during Missouri's Veto Session. Photo courtesy of Missouri House of Representatives.

With the veto override of HB 1976, all ten issues supported by HCUA Advocacy in the 2016 legislative session will become law. Other bills that passed in 2016 include credit union account verification parity, savings promotion programs, and E-notary authorization, among others.

Missouri's Veto Session gives legislators a final opportunity to enact vetoed legislation, with a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers required to override the 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 an 115-45 Republican majority.

Conceal Carry, Voter Photo ID Bills Pass After Senate Uses PQ Motions

Senate Republicans used "PQ," or "move to the previous question" motions, to cut off Democratic filibusters and override vetoes on SB 656 (conceal carry) and HB 1631 (voter photo ID). SB 656 allows Missouri residents to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, and also contains a 'Stand Your Ground' provision. HB 1631 would implement a system of voter identification in the state upon approval by Missouri voters. Both bills were considered two of the more controversial issues discussed during Veto Session and received lengthy debates on the House and Senate floors. 

For a full list of Veto Session results, please click here.

Lawmakers overrode 13 of 20 vetoed bills during Veto Session. This is in addition to two bills Nixon vetoed during regular session, which lawmakers overrode, bringing the total to 15 overrides in 2016. The total number of overrides in state history now stands at 119; 97 of those overrides have occurred during Nixon’s tenure as governor.