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House veto override attempt fails; both House, Senate adjourn ‘til tomorrow

The House returned to session at just after 4 this afternoon, and immediately read over the desk the governor’s veto message on HB 501, the teacher evaluation bill. Then, without any preliminaries, the House took its vote on a possible override of the governor’s veto, which requires a two-thirds vote. “So it would take 42 yes votes to override,” said House Speaker Scott Bedke.

The vote then was taken, and it came in at 29-34 – not enough to override, not even a majority. “Less than 2/3 of the members present having voted in the affirmative, the governor’s veto of HB 501 is sustained,” Bedke announced.

The House then adjourned until 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Immediately afterward, the Senate came back on the floor, and Majority Leader Chuck Winder announced that the House’s veto override attempt had failed. “So basically, HB 501 is dead and we don’t have to deal with it,” Winder said. The Senate then adjourned until 9:30 tomorrow.

Here’s how the House vote broke down:

Voting yes: Reps. Anderson, Barbieri, Bedke, Boyle, Burtenshaw, Chaney, Collins, Craney, Dayley, Ehardt, Gestrin, Giddings, Hanks, Holtzclaw, Horman, Kinglsey, McCrostie, Miller, Monks, Moon, Nate, Palmer, Scott, Shepherd, VanOrden, VanderWoude, Youngblood, Zito and Zollinger.

Voting no: Reps. Amador, Anderst, Armstrong, Bell, Blanksma, Cheatham, Chew, Clow, Dixon, Erpelding, Gannon(17), Gibbs, Harris, Hartgen, Kauffman, Kerby, King, Kloc(Tway), Loertscher, Luker, Manwaring, McDonald, Mendive, Moyle, Perry, Raybould, Redman, Smith, Stevenson, Syme, Thompson, Toone, Wintrow and Wood.

Absent: Reps. DeMordaunt, Gannon(5), Malek, Packer, Rubel, Troy and Wagoner.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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