No veto override session in 2015 [UPH Wire]

April 17, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY –  Today, Utah legislative leaders announced that they will not convene a veto override session in 2015.  Speaker of the House Greg Hughes and  Senate President Wayne Niederhauser issued the following joint statement:
“We respect the diligent, careful work of the 2015 Session and the sacrifices made by both legislators and staff.  While we don’t agree with every veto, a poll of our members shows the House and Senate are ready to forgo the time and expense of a veto override session and move on to other business.  We will work to resolve any residual disagreements and readdress them during the next legislative session.”
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The veto override process is governed by Article VII, Section 8 (4) of the Utah Constitution.  Link:,_Section_8.html
“If the governor disapproves any bill or item of appropriation after the adjournment sine die of any session of the Legislature, the presiding officer of each house shall poll the members of that house on the matter of reconvening the Legislature. If two-thirds of the members of each house are in favor of reconvening, the Legislature shall be convened in a session that shall begin within 60 days after the adjournment of the session at which the disapproved bill or item of appropriation passed.
“This session may not exceed five calendar days and shall be convened at a time set jointly by the presiding officer of each house solely for the purpose of reconsidering the bill or item of appropriation disapproved.
“If upon reconsideration, the bill or item of appropriation again passes both houses of the Legislature by a yea and nay vote of two-thirds of the members elected to each house, the bill shall become law or the item of appropriation shall take effect on the original effective date of the law or item of appropriation.”
Greg Hartley
House Chief of Staff
Ric Cantrell
Senate Chief of Staff
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