Missouri unemployment benefits bill looks set for override

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Enough Missouri senators appear to support an unemployment bill to vote to overturn Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto.

Sponsoring Sen. Mike Kehoe says he plans to press for the override Sept. 16, and three senators who were absent when the bill originally passed told The Associated Press that they support the bill.

If everyone who originally voted for the bill does so again, those previously absent senators would provide enough votes to meet the two-thirds majority needed for an override.

The measure would cut unemployment benefits to as low as 13 weeks from the current 20 weeks depending on the state’s jobless rate.

Republican backers say it would reduce the burden on business owners, who now pay for the state’s unemployment fund.

Democrats criticized the measure as hurting struggling Missourians.

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