Majority of state senators vote to cancel the session
Lawmakers won't be returning to Baton Rouge to reconsider Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget cuts and bill rejections.
Twenty-six of 39 senators voted to cancel this year's veto session, according to a tally released Friday by the Senate.
The session's scrapping came despite a push from advocates for the disabled who wanted lawmakers to revisit Jindal's vetoes of $6 million for disabled services.
In announcing the results of the vote, House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said, "Clearly, we still have unmet needs created by the vetoes, so I will continue to work with members of the House, Senate and the Administration, as well as DHH and the many advocacy groups working on behalf of those with developmental disabilities."
"It's important that we work during this interim to find permanent solutions for these citizens who greatly need our help," he said.
A veto session was automatically set when Jindal issued vetoes. All that was needed to kill the session was a majority written vote of one chamber.
The Senate made the decision. Only 38 of 105 House members voted to cancel the session.
Lawmakers have never held a veto session under the current state constitution.
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