FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – House lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to override Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes of two bills regulating drones and deciding who gets to spend up to $100 million from a legal settlement with Volkswagen.
The Republican-controlled chamber voted 89-0 to override Bevin’s veto of a portion of House bill 471, which said the state legislature has the final say in spending the settlement money from Volkswagen. Bevin vetoed the bill because he said the legislature is only in session for a few months each year.
The House voted 93-0 to override Bevin’s veto of House bill 540, which among other things made it a felony to fly drones in prohibited areas. Bevin said the bill conflicted with federal law.
Both bills would become law if the state Senate also votes to override.
GOP lawmakers are leaning toward overriding some of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes.
House and Senate leaders planned to meet behind closed doors Wednesday afternoon to discuss Bevin’s vetoes of bills about mental health, naming roads, regulating drones and spending money from a legal settlement with Volkswagen. The state legislature has not overridden a governor’s veto since 2013.
Mental health advocates rallied outside of the Senate chambers on Wednesday, urging lawmakers to override a veto of Senate Bill 91. That bill would allow a judge to order some people with mental illnesses into outpatient treatment in certain circumstances. It passed the Senate 34-3 and the House 95-0 earlier this month.
Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer said the veto has a “good chance” of being overridden.
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