On November 13, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem upheld the override of HB150 (Unemployment insurance bill) that the Missouri AFL-CIO’s law team is fighting in the courts. This bill is just one more attack on Missouri’s working families and ties Missouri with the lowest number of weeks of eligibility for unemployment in the country. The House voted to override Governor Nixon’s veto of this bill on May 12. The Senate did not act on the bill until September 16 during the veto session. The constitution has time limits for override votes and the AFL-CIO is challenging the decision of the Senate and now Judge Beetem’s ruling in this case. The case will be moved to the Missouri Supreme Court.
Mike Louis, President of the Missouri AFL-CIO said:
Regardless of the judge’s ruling, which is disappointing, we always knew this question would ultimately be decided in the Missouri Supreme Court. While the Courts and attorneys debate finer points of interpreting the Missouri Constitution, we must not forget this bill’s realities. The Missouri Senate took an unprecedented, and we believe unconstitutional, step to deprive Missouri’s hard working families of modest, but invaluable, assistance in their times of need.