One of the most talked-about issues so far during Missouri’s regular legislative session is whether Governor Jay Nixon has the authority to appoint a new Lt. Governor if Peter Kinder becomes the new Congressman for the state’s 8th District.
When asked by reporters Thursday, Nixon said he believes he has the authority to do so, based on precedent – in 2000, Governor Roger Wilson appointed Joe Maxwell to begin serving immediately as Lt. Governor less than two months before his elected term was set to begin.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and the Republican-led General Assembly will face off next week over a bill vetoed earlier this year that would have required Mo. residents to pay sales tax on vehicles purchased out-of-state.
This fall, voters in Missouri will face a number of decisions: picking state and congressional representatives, the President. But also on the ballot will be a measure that like two years ago, has to do with the federal health law.