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Louisiana lawmakers cancel veto session in overwhelming vote

Louisiana lawmakers cancel veto session in overwhelming vote

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers won't be holding a veto session this month to consider overriding Gov. John Bel Edwards' rejections of eight bills from their regular legislative session.

Both the House and Senate overwhelmingly voted to cancel the veto session, according to tallies released Friday.

Thirty-eight of Louisiana's 39 state senators turned in their forms to cancel the session, said Senate spokeswoman Brenda Hodge, and 76 of 103 current House members also declared they didn't want a veto session, said House spokesman Cory Stewart.

Lawmakers must turn in another round of ballots by July 21 if they don't want to return for a separate veto session to consider overriding Edwards' line-item rejections of provisions and projects in the budget bills from the June special legislative session.

That veto override gathering is expected to be scrapped, too. Lawmakers have never agreed to hold a veto session since the current Louisiana Constitution was adopted in 1974, and there's been no push from lawmakers to hold one this year.

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