Because the General Assembly met intermittently during the summer
and fall, action has already been taken on most of the vetoed
legislation that would ordinarily be dealt with in November. In
fact, there are only two Senate bills (SB 2636 and SB 2718) that
could possibly be voted on during the veto session.
received amendatory vetoes from the governor.
Senate Bill 2636 regulates companies that charge fees to locate
abandoned property that has been turned over to the state treasurer.
Senate Bill 2718 is a measure dealing with exemptions to hearsay
evidence in criminal trials. The governor changed the measure to
make it go into effect immediately.
Although the legislature approved a supplemental spending bill to
keep state parks and historic sites open and to restore funds for
programs such as dealing with substance abuse, the governor has not
signed the measure and may not do so before the fall session ends.
Under the state constitution, the governor has until Dec. 5 to
approve or veto the bill. That will be after the scheduled end of
the legislature's veto session.
Faced with the dearth of issues, the House canceled one week of
the two-week session, but the Senate has not followed suit. So
what's likely to occur in the Senate?
It's anybody's guess.
Senate Republican Caucus file; LDN staff]