Louisiana lawmakers refuse to hold veto session

Advocate file photo -- The Louisiana state Capitol building in Baton Rouge. Show caption
Advocate file photo -- The Louisiana state Capitol building in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana lawmakers won’t try to override Gov. Bobby Jindal’s vetoes from the recently-ended legislative session.

Both the House and Senate have voted to cancel the veto override session set to start this week.

A vote tally released Tuesday by the Senate president and House speaker shows that 34 of 39 senators and 64 of 105 representatives voted against returning to Baton Rouge for the override session by Monday’s midnight deadline.

All that was needed to kill the session was a majority vote of one legislative chamber.

The decision wasn’t surprising. Lawmakers have never held a veto session since the current state constitution was enacted four decades ago.

Jindal vetoed 12 bills from the legislative session, including several that received overwhelming support. But there was little outcry for the override session.