St. Louis County Council overrides five of Stenger’s vetos

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.

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