Five measures recently vetoed by St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger were overridden by the St. Louis County Council Tuesday.
All five of those veto overrides passed by votes of 6-1 with Councilman Pat Dolan voting “no” each time. The measures ranged from raises for county jail employees to a measure which would put a cap on political campaign contributions — both of which were recently approved by the council. Three of the five were charter proposals which will go on the August ballot.
The County Council rapidly adopted a measure similarly imposed by the state that would limit each candidate to $2,600 per campaign cycle, per campaign contributor before Stenger vetoed it. With the council’s override, that measure will go to voters on the August 7 ballot.
The council also passed over a veto which would ask voters for permission to hire its own lawyer when there’s a conflict with the county attorney, who was appointed by Stenger.
Stenger was absent from Tuesday’s meeting, which was moved up from 6:30 p.m. to 10 a.m. in an effort to pass the measures because three of the four are proposed charter amendments, which needed to be filed with the Board of Elections before 5 p.m.