Alaska lawmakers debate override of Palin’s stimulus money veto
June 5, 2009
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.