Alaska lawmakers debate override of Palin’s stimulus money veto 

Legislative leaders are asking the federal government how long they have to decide whether to override Gov. Sarah Palin’s veto of $28.56 million in energy aid — and whether an override is worth the trouble if they have to rely on the governor to accept the funds.

An override would require a three-fourths majority of the Legislature, or 45 votes. House Democrats announced they would vote to overturn the governor’s action. Sen. President Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, said his bipartisan majority caucus is disappointed in the veto, but he can’t rationalize calling a special session without a guarantee that the Legislature can accept the money without Palin’s OK. Sen. Gene Therriault, R-North Pole, said some within his four-person minority are dismayed Palin rejected the funds.

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