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June 15, 2009

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Deadlines Passed for Lawmakers to Vote to Override Governor's Vetoes

(Helena, MT) – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch today announced that all deadlines have passed for the 61st Legislature to vote to override the remaining six Governor’s vetoes. Anyone interested in seeing how a lawmaker voted in the poll can logon to the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov.

“I’m pleased to provide the public the final tally of the override poll results. I think it’s important that folks interested in the process can see how votes were cast,” says McCulloch.

The following bills will remain vetoed:

Bill No. Short Title
House
For
House
Against
Senate
For
Senate
Against
HB 629 Revise distribution of certain school revenue
42
53
21
21
SB 291 Montana railroad authority
29
64
23
20
SB 349 Revise state bidding requirements to protect proprietary information
47
46
27
16
SB 371 Clarify applicability of "at work" for work comp purposes
51
44
24
19
SB 403 Revise electricity laws
46
47
22
21
SB 460 Committee to oversee and evaluate stimulus package funding
44
51
26
17

Montana law requires that the Secretary of State poll the Legislature following a Governor’s veto of certain bills. 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. If the legislature has adjourned, the Secretary of State is required to mail a poll within five business days of receiving an eligible Governor’s veto. 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.

HB 192, introduced by State Representative Janna Taylor, prohibits state legislators from changing their votes on a veto override poll. It became law on March 30, 2009 and took effect immediately.