The House has failed to override Governor Dennis Daugaard’s vetoes of House Bill 1149, the Democratic tax cut rejected by Republican budget hawks; HB 1156, the offensive bill to allow civilians to carry firearms in the Capitol; and HB 1072, the permitless concealed carry bill pushed hard by the NRA. (NRA national lobbysist Daniel Hall was in the gallery watching; no sightings have been reported yet of Maria Butina.)
Headline of the hour comes from KOTA-TV: “House Fires Blanks; Gov Gun Bill Vetoes Stand.”
Rather than trying to override the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 164, the juvenile probation bill, the Legislature took the remarkable step of suspending the rules and allowing Senator Novstrup to submit a whole new bill on Veto Day, SB 179, which consists of the first two sections of SB 164, which the Governor found unobjectionable. Both houses were fine with that measure, which extends the maximum period of juvenile probation from four months to six. A veto seems unlikely, but I do find very interesting the question of what would happen if the Legislature passed a new bill on Veto Day that then got vetoed after they leave town. How would the Legislature come back to address that veto?
The Legislature chose not to monkey with the fifth veto, of SB 33, since, as the Governor said, the special education formula increase was taken care of in SB 35.
Thus on this Veto Day, Governor Daugaard remains bulletproof!
p.s.: Not bulletproof are Senator Stace Nelson and Representative Tim Goodwin, who made Veto Day longer than it needed to be by moving suspension of the rules to consider a resolution calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Their respective chambers declined to have that discussion. Nelson and Goodwin are lucky the chambers rejected their motions; a debate on the Affordable Care Act three days after the absolute failure of their party to turn control of Congress and the White House into follow-through on seven years of election promises would only give the Democratic caucus a well-deserved chance to gloat.
pp.s.: Depending on how you count, out of 25 vetoes over seven Sessions, the Legislature has overridden the Governor four times. In other words, when the Governor tells his caucus the big NO, he gets his way 84% of the time.