Fowler has not changed his position on HB 253.
"I'm not changing my vote," said Fowler Tuesday. "I voted against the bill in regular session, and I intend to maintain my credibility."
There are some bills that Fowler will vote to override in the veto session scheduled for Sept. 11 in Jefferson City. He supports an override of Nixon's veto of a bill that attempts to nullify certain federal gun-control laws in Missouri. The bill provides for state misdemeanor charges to be filed against federal agents who attempt to enforce those laws.
"That will happen," Fowler said of the veto override. "I supported it and believe strongly in the second amendment."
Fowler does believe it will be overturned in court, but says the intention of legislators is to "send a message on how we feel about it." He said the people thave contacted him from the district want a statement made about their right to bear arms.
Fowler said he would also support an override of a bill allowing juveniles to seek removal from Missouri's sex offender registry.
Under the measure, people who were younger than 18 when they committed a sex offense would not appear on public notification websites operated by law enforcement officials. Those already named on such sites would be removed. In addition, people who committed the crime as a juvenile could petition the courts for removal from the state registry five years after the conviction or their release from custody. Judges would grant the request unless the person faces charges for failing to properly register or for another sex offense, has not completed probation or parole or has not lived in Missouri for at least five years if the initial offense was committed elsewhere. Petitions for removal would be filed in the circuit court in the county in which the person was found guilty.
Fowler said juveniles would "obviously still have a record," but they would not be put on the permanent sex offender registry if they met the conditions provided for in the act.
By far the most controversial issue is an attempted override of the Nixon's veto of HB 253. Nixon has been traveling the state in an effort to gain support against a legislative override.
Fowler said the greatest influence on him in deciding his stance on the bill has come from educators and students in the 151st District. He feels that the bill could threaten the future of public education by reducing funding. He also objects to parts of the bill that would levy a sales tax on prescription drugs.
HB 253 would phase-in a 50 percent deduction over five years for business income reported on individual income tax returns. It also would cut Missouri's corporate income tax rate nearly in half over a five year period. It would lower the top tax rate for individuals from 6 percent to 5.5 percent over the next decade.
The corporate and individual tax rate reductions would take effect only if annual state revenues continue to grow by at least $100 million over their highest point in the preceding three years.
Legislative researchers have estimated that the measure would reduce Missouri's potential revenues by about $700 million annually when fully implemented.
Fowler was somewhat surprised that he was not forced to defend his position on the income tax bill at the meeting of county Republicans Monday night. He said there were many public school administrators there, and they supported his position against HB 253.
"I think the whole thing has been a legislative sound bite," said Fowler. "Certain legislators are trying to get it passed so they can say they tried to lower income taxes when they run for higher office."
Fowler said there are other Republicans questioning whether the bill is good for the state. He said they would rather let the veto stand, and then try to rewrite the bill to fix unintended consequences such as the tax on prescription drugs. He doesn't agree with the idea that the legislature will come back and "fix" the problems after the bill has passed.
"They want us to pass it and then fix it," said Fowler. "That sounds like Nancy Pelosi to me."
Fowler is also leery of the influence of retired investment firm executive Rex Sinquefield. Sinquefield has poured about $2.4 million into an advertising campaign coordinated with business groups who want lawmakers to override the veto.
"He (Sinquefield) is trying to use money to get his way," said Fowler, though he adds that he has not been approached by any of the groups supporting the override.
Fowler said he will not change his mind on HB 253, and so far the people in District 151 have been supportive of his stance. He feels that the bill would be detrimental to the funding of public education.
"I am not a career politician," stated Fowler. "I dont think this bill represents a true tax cut for all Missourians."