Possible Veto-Override Session For Tennessee General Assembly

Mar 21, 2014

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Tennessee State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says lawmakers should consider holding a veto override session.                                                 

Speaker Ramsey says the General Assembly should schedule a veto override session at the conclusion of every two-year meeting of the legislature; this is the second year of the 108th Tennessee General Assembly.

If scheduled, it would be the first veto override session held in 13 years.

The Tennessee Constitution gives the governor 10 days after receiving legislation to decide whether to sign it, to allow it into law without a signature, or to veto it. That rule excludes Sundays.

To override a veto, it takes 50 votes in the 99-member House and 17 votes in the 33-member Senate, the same number of votes it takes to initially pass the bill.