Louisiana lawmakers to hold historic veto override session

Louisiana lawmakers will hold their first veto session under the state's nearly 50-year-old constitution.

Posted: Jul 16, 2021 9:57 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers will hold their first veto session under the state's nearly 50-year-old constitution.

Republicans are pushing to overturn the vetoes of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards on bills that would ban transgender girls from school sports and remove restrictions on concealed handguns. The session will open Tuesday and last up to five days. It will make history for Louisiana.

The state's constitution calls for a veto session to be scheduled whenever a governor jettisons legislation, but lawmakers usually vote to scrap such gatherings. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder says lawmakers didn't turn in enough ballots to stop this year's session.

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