Last of Governor Schweitzer’s Vetoes Upheld

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s last six vetoes cleared the legislative veto process.

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch says that not all lawmakers have voted, but more than enough have already voted in favor of the Schweitzer vetoes to make sure they stand. It takes two-thirds from each chamber to override a governor’s veto.

Only bills that cleared the Legislature by that two-to-one margin get a veto override poll.

The bills included a GOP-led plan to create a special committee to oversee stimulus spending and a new Montana Railroad authority.

McCulloch says a new law prevents lawmakers from changing their veto override vote, allowing the office to declare an outcome before all votes have been tallied.

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