Lawmakers will consider overriding Knowles' vetoes

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Lawmakers will meet in a joint session Tuesday to vote on overriding Gov. Tony Knowles' vetoes of legislation.

Knowles has vetoed three bills that passed during this year's regular legislative session.

Senate Bill 364 would have placed stricter limits on state funding of abortions, Senate Bill 161 would have required election pamphlets to tell voters when judges are late with decisions and Senate Bill 363 would have changed state campaign funding laws dealing with so-called ''soft money.''

Senate Majority Leader Loren Leman, R-Anchorage, said Monday he thinks lawmakers will vote on two of those bills.

He would not say which two, but Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, said lawmakers will not take up the abortion funding bill.

It takes 40 votes -- or two-thirds of the 60-member Legislature -- to override a veto.

The campaign funding bill passed the Legislature the first time with 47 votes. The bill dealing with judges' elections passed with 39 votes and the abortion funding bill passed with 35 votes.

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