It was a wild ride at the Missouri Legislature’s veto session last night, but as far as I can tell, only one veto was both sustained and (ultimately) overridden — and that was the Volunteer Health Services Act (VHSA), which I’ve discussed many, many times before. The law allows out-of-state medical professionals to more freely provide charitable care to Missourians. After passing through the Senate on a 25-9 vote, the VHSA fell one excruciating vote short of an override in the House, 108-53. It then disappeared but was reconsidered as the last bill of the night, this time passing the House 109-52 and becoming the 10th and final veto override of the session.
A big congratulations to everyone who worked so hard on this bill. It was a roller coaster of a process, but in the end, this ride ended as a great victory for Missourians in need.