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House speaker announces opposition to veto session

3 years 5 months 2 days ago July 03, 2013 Jul 3, 2013 Wednesday, July 03 2013 July 03, 2013 7:25 AM in News

BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he doesn't want lawmakers to hold a veto session to reconsider Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget cuts and bill rejections.

Kleckley, a Republican ally of the governor, released a statement Tuesday announcing his opposition to the session - though he said he doesn't agree with the governor's vetoes.

The House speaker said a veto session could "produce unintended consequences," without further explanation.

A veto session was automatically set for July 16 when Jindal issued vetoes. A majority written vote of either the House or Senate can scrap it.

Advocates for the disabled are urging lawmakers to hold a session to reverse Jindal's cuts to disabled services funding. But the attempt is a long-shot. Lawmakers have never held a veto session under the current state constitution.

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