Missouri Constitution: A Simple Suggestion for Overriding the Line-Item Veto

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Robert M. Lawless

University of Illinois College of Law

Date Written: 1998

Abstract

This article suggestions governors, legislators, and courts have misunderstood Missouri’s line-item veto. To override a line-item veto, a simple majority vote of the legislature is required rather than the supermajority two-thirds vote many believe is required. The history, text, constitutional structure, and purpose of the line-item veto all suggest only a simple majority is required. Although the article specifically addresses Missouri’s constitutional provision, the overall purpose of the line-item veto suggests other states should require only simple majority overrides.

JEL Classification: K00, K4, K40

Suggested Citation

Lawless, Robert M., Missouri Constitution: A Simple Suggestion for Overriding the Line-Item Veto (1998). Missouri Law Review, Vol. 63, No. 285, 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2306181

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