Louisiana lawmakers to hold historic veto override session

Gov. John bel Edwards vetoed a total of 28 bills and all are eligible to be overturned.

Posted: Jul 20, 2021 8:24 PM
Updated: Jul 20, 2021 8:37 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- For the first time ever, Louisiana lawmakers will hold a veto override session. Gov. John bel Edwards vetoed a total of 28 bills and all are eligible to be overturned.

The main focus for Louisiana lawmakers is to overturn vetoes on bills that would allow concealed carry without a permit and ban transgender girls from school sports

Cliff Roy Jr. owns a firearm and doesn’t have a permit. He says he supports Senate bill 118 in becoming a law.

“I believe people should have the right to bear arms, I mean, I'm a veteran, I mean, I went to the army when I was 17 years old. I don't believe we should be restricting people's rights to carry, you know, firearms, there's a good use for it,” Roy said.

Under current law, open carry of a firearm is allowed without a permit. According to Roy, the best way to protect yourself if being attacked is if the attacker doesn’t see your weapon.

“If you can see the most dangerous component of an attack, then that's where they're going to go to our rather than to be in confusion about it than to actually know exactly where to go, especially if you're being attacked, I don't want you to have that advantage,” he said.

Roy believes that people who want to learn how to safely handle a firearm will still take training classes regardless.

“Making it mandatory, I don't think that's fair because those that have used weapons for years in different capacities forcing us to go and take safety training is I think I senseless,” he said.

Senate bill 156, is also eligible for a veto override. The bill would ban transgender women from competing against other women in high school and college sports.

“My hormones do not help me by any means get a competitive advantage. They might in fact be a disadvantage.I really don't think hormone levels need to be taken into account when you're like trying to compete on your high school, you know, sports team,” Peyton Rose Michelle, a transgender woman and supporter of the Governor's veto, said.

According to Michelle, high school and college kids already have enough things to deal with while in school, so banning some from playing a sport isn’t fair.

“I couldn’t even imagine to like be in a situation where you just really want to play this, or is just so good at it, you know, it's, it's your hobby, it's your passion and you just told like no, you can't because of something you completely do not control,” Michelle said.

The veto override session will open on Tuesday, July 20 at noon. It could last up to five days.

Louisiana lawmakers have only overturned two vetoes in history, both during the regular session.

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