Lawmakers override Nixon's 'religious freedom' veto

The Missouri Legislature today overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that allows employers to exempt some health care coverage in their employees' insurance policies on moral or religious grounds.

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The Senate approved the override by a 26-6 vote — three more than the two-thirds majority required for the override.

The House waited nearly five minutes to get the minimum 109 votes needed for the override. The final vote was 109-45.

Each chamber debated the bill for about 25 minutes before voting.

Lawmakers last year overrode Gov. Nixon's veto of the Congressional Redistricting bill.

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