It’s official. The Legislature will not come in for a veto session later this month.
Twenty six senators returned signed declarations nixing any attempt to override Gov. Bobby Jindal’s veto of a cost of living adjustment for retired state employees and teachers or any other bill he rejected.
Two-thirds of the 39 member Louisiana Senate voted to cancel the session – when only a majority was needed.
There was no word from the House on Friday morning on its balloting. But only one chamber had to nix the idea.
Legislators had to send ballots by midnight Thursday to say a veto session was not needed. Otherwise, one would have automatically occurred.
A veto session has not been held in the more than four decades since the new Louisiana Constitution was approved.
In the Senate, those not returning declarations included Sens. Sharon Broome, D-Baton Rouge, Sherri Buffington, R-Keithville, Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, A.G. Crowe, R-Slidell, Jack Donahue, R-Mandeville, Rick Gallot, D-Ruston, Fred Mills, R-St. Martinville, JP Morrell, D-New Orleans, Ed Murray, D-New Orleans, Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, Jonathan Perry, R-Abbeville, Karen Peterson, D-New Orleans and Gary Smith, D-Norco.