The Minnesota House is expected to attempt to override Governor Pawlenty’s veto of a $6.6 billion transportation bill. A study by the U of M’s Center for Study of Politics and Governance shows how rare it is to override a governor. Here are the highlights:
-Overriding a governor’s veto is very difficult. 97% of all vetoes have stood.
-A successful override of Governor Pawlenty’s transportation veto would be only the 14th time that the legislature has successfully overridden one of the 447 vetoes by Minnesota governors since 1939.
-Only two governors in the past 70 years have vetoed as many bills as Governor Pawlenty. (Arne Carlson and Jesse Ventura).
One other note: A third of all attempts to override the governor’s veto and 69% of all successful overrides occurred during Jesse Ventura’s term as governor.
The House is where the action is. They need 90 votes to get to the magical two thirds needed to override.
The Minnesota Senate is a slam dunk since DFLers have enough votes to override and two Republicans also support the bill.
There’s more info here from the Legislative Reference Library.