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Missouri House votes to override school repair veto

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | 4:00 p.m. CDT; updated 7:57 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 12, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House has voted to override a line-item budget veto of $1 million to help rebuild a vocational education school in northeast Missouri.

The House's 112-47 vote was the first taken Wednesday as lawmakers considered 33 vetoes by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The measure now goes to the Senate to consider a veto override.

At issue is money targeted for the Pike-Lincoln Technical Center, which was damaged by a fire. Although the school had insurance, bill supporters said it was not enough to outfit the building with computers and make it accessible to people with disabilities.

Nixon said he vetoed the bill because of the source of the money. He said lawmakers want to pay for the repairs from a fund dedicated for the state school funding formula.


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