Idaho panel moves veto trump bill forward

Posted at 9:59 AM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 12:30:39-05

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A northern Idaho lawmaker wants to amend the state's constitution to allow the Legislature to override a governor's veto almost immediately.

The amendment would allow lawmakers to convene after the end of the session on bills the governor rejected. That would allow them to enact a bill despite a veto if they have a two-thirds majority vote from each house.

Sen. Steve Vick, a Republican from Dalton Gardens, says Idaho is one of six states that don't have that ability.

Vick submitted a similar proposal in 2014, but the bill failed to get a hearing in the House after passing the Senate.

Currently, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is the only person who can call the Legislature to convene.

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted Monday to send the amendment forward.