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Senators vote against holding veto session

3 years 10 months 2 weeks ago July 12, 2013 Jul 12, 2013 Friday, July 12 2013 July 12, 2013 8:42 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers won't be returning to Baton Rouge to reconsider Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget cuts and bill rejections.

Twenty-six of 39 senators voted to cancel this year's veto session, according to a tally released Friday by the Senate.

The session's scrapping came despite a push from advocates for the disabled who wanted lawmakers to revisit Jindal's vetoes of $6 million for disabled services.

A veto session was automatically set when Jindal issued vetoes. All that was needed to kill the session was a majority written vote of one chamber.

The Senate made the decision. Only 38 of 105 House members voted to cancel the session.

Lawmakers have never held a veto session under the current state constitution.

Both Senate President John Alario and House Speaker Chuck Kleckley opposed the veto session.

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