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June 11, 2013
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Deadline Has Passed For Lawmakers to Vote to Override
Governor’s Vetoes

(Helena) – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch today announced all twenty-four veto poll deadlines have passed for the 63rd Legislature in order to vote to override the Governor’s vetoes.  The remaining nineteen bills on the veto poll had a deadline of June 10th.  Anyone interested in seeing how a lawmaker voted in the poll can logon to the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Elections.

“I’m happy to provide Montanans with the final tally of the override polls.  It’s important that folks interested in the process are given the opportunity to see how votes were cast along with the final outcome,” says McCulloch. 

Forty Seven members of the Senate returned a voted ballot on at least one of the veto polls, and ninety five of the House returned a voted ballot on at least one of the veto polls.  The Senate met the requirements on two bills to override the veto, but the house did not have the required number of votes to override the vetoed bills listed below.  To override a veto each two-thirds of each chamber must vote in favor of overriding the Governor’s veto.

The following bills will remain vetoed:

Bill #

Brief Description

House

Senate

For

Against

For

Against

HB 363

Revise laws related to the Board of Realty Regulation

57

33

28

14

HB 499

Clarify Conveyance Exemptions from Subdivision Regulations

55

35

19

21

HB 509

Revise 9-1-1 Fees

46

45

16

23

HB 556

Delay Reversion to General Fund of Unreserved Fund Balance

48

42

22

20

SB 337

Revise the Definition of "Good Cause Shown"

58

32

27

16

SB 347

Diversion or Withdrawal of Water not Degradation

59

32

30

14

HB 5*

Appropriate Money for Capital Projects

50

40

21

21

HB 12

Appropriate Funds for One-Time Provider Rate Payments

59

32

38

6

HB 19

Revise certain provisions related to the Administration of Taxes

46

44

20

21

HB 188

PSC to Approve Rate Schedules for certain Small Power Producers

58

32

23

18

HB 218

Grants assisting Infrastructure as result of Oil & Gas Compacts

61

32

38

7

HB 301

Increase Debt Limit for Elementary, K-12, or High School District

54

37

19

24

HB 408

Reduce Tax Rate for Air & Water Pollution Control Equipment

60

31

28

14

HB 535

Revise laws related to State Land Cabin & Home Sites

59

31

30

13

HB 625

Increase rate paid to providers by DPHHS

45

46

15

25

HB 633

Provide for a Select Committee on Efficiency in Government

40

52

17

24

SB 240

Exempt Air & Water Pollution equipment from Property Taxes

60

31

33

12

SB 370

Revise laws related to the Legislature

58

32

30

14

SB 401

Revise Disposition of the Metalliferous Mines License Tax

56

35

26

18

 

Total Costs to conduct the Veto Polls for 2013 was $ 5,544.63.

Montana law requires that the Secretary of State poll the Legislature within 5 days following a Governor’s veto of certain bills, when the veto occurs after the session has adjourned.  Participation in the poll is voluntary, but it is the only chance state lawmakers have to vote either for or against overriding each veto following a legislative session. Responses must be received within 30 days of the mailing date.  In order to override a Governor’s veto, 2/3rds of the members of each house must vote for an override.  
   
* Vetoed bills are only subject to an override poll if they passed out of the legislature by two-thirds majority or more of those voting on the bill.