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Stumbo Says House Won’t Override Budget Vetoes, Giving Beshear the Final Word

Governor Steve Beshear’s 45 vetoes to the executive branch budget will remain intact.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the House Democratic caucus chose not to override any vetoes, despite the objections of individual lawmakers.

“But collectively as a body the caucus chose to support the governor’s decisions to veto. He gave a very good presentation and the will of the body speaks,” Stumbo says.

Beshear line item vetoed many individual projects that lawmakers added to the executive branch budget. He also vetoed the Senate’s preferred language that would have required an additional 80 million dollars in cuts.

Because the House will not override, any action taken by the Senate is moot since it takes both chambers to override gubernatorial vetoes.

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Outside of Budget Line Items, Beshear Doesn’t Expect to Veto Other Bills

Kentucky lawmakers have one more legislative day in their calendar this year, but they likely won’t spend it overriding vetoed bills.

Governor Steve Beshear spent most of Wednesday signing bills into law. And outside of the almost mandatory line item vetoes every governor has in budget bills, Beshear says he doesn’t expect to use his veto pen.

“As far as I know I don’t anticipate any vetoes of any other legislation,” Beshear says

That means dozens of bills lawmakers passed this session will become law. This includes bills allowing new districts of innovation for local school districts, the elimination of confederate pensions and new restrictions on pseudoephedrine purchases.

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In Frankfort, Attention Turns to Vetoes

With budgets passed and lawmakers in recess, the focus in Frankfort is now on Governor Steve Beshear and his veto pen.

A host of bills are on Beshear’s desk. The most important are budget bills for all three branches of government.

But many other relevant bills are waiting for the Governor. Most notably, bills that would create an alternative diploma for special needs students, an incentives program for the Kentucky auto industry and crackdowns on synthetic drug and methamphetamine manufacturing.

Lawmakers rushed to send legislation to Beshear on their second-to-last day in Frankfort last week, but some bills didn’t make it. Among them are many education proposals including measures to raise the dropout age, legalize charter schools and create a technical education curriculum.