Monday, July 28, 2008

House Was Set to Follow

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal owes one to the Louisiana Senate. As of last week, 36 of 38 senators mailed in ballots voting to cancel the scheduled veto override session. For Jindal, a Republican, that’s all it takes to avoid yet another conflict with lawmakers. 

Only one legislative chamber needs to say “enough” to call off a veto session. The Senate acted so quickly, however, that it’s difficult to gauge how votes in the House were shaping up. In fact, according to staffers in the offices of the House clerk and speaker, barely any ballots from the Lower Chamber had been mailed back when the Senate made its decision. House Speaker Jim Tucker says it’s moot. “But I imagine by the time it’s all said and done, we will receive a majority of ballots” against the override session, says Tucker, a Republican from Algiers. “A lot of (House) members were on vacation this past week, and many are just now getting back to work.” Tucker says that Senate President Joel Chaisson II, a Democrat from Destrehan, also had an easier task of contacting his membership in advance of the July 28 deadline, compared to the House’s 105 members. — Jeremy Alford

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