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None of Governor Bullock's Vetoes Overridden

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A big day for state lawmakers as Monday marking the deadline to override any of Governor Steve Bullock's vetoes that were made during the 2013 legislative session.

The Secretary of State's office reporting today that the nineteen bills vetoed by the Governor failing to muster the votes necessary for an override.

Governor Bullock vetoing nineteen bills during the session.  Two bills that were vetoed had the possibility of Democrats voting with the majority led Republicans to override them.

House Bill 218 would fund improvements to infrastructure in eastern Montana oil towns, and House Bill 12 would make a one time $6.5M payment to care for those who are elderly and disabled.

Bullock stated that the main budget already spends money in those areas and he wants the state to meet a projected surplus of at least $300M.

A two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate were necessary to override any veto.

Governor Bullock also releasing a statement commending the two sides on the resolutions.  Bullock stating "If Montana is going to continue to keep taxes low and help businesses grow, we have to have a balanced budget.  Unfortunately, the Legislature sent me a budget that proposed we spend $21 million more than we'll take in - and I was forced to pull out my veto pen and cut back some good bills.  I'm glad that legislators - of both parties - recognized how important maintaining our fiscal strength is and sustained my vetoes."

 

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