Amendatory veto: What happens next?

July 2, 2013 

What happens when the governor issues an amendatory veto to a bill?

There are three options:

1. The General Assembly can override the veto. To do so, the House and Senate must repass the original bill, but with a three-fifths majority in both chambers. The veto is then overridden and the bill becomes law.

2. The General Assembly can approve the changes made by the governor. To do so, the House and Senate must approve the changes by a majority vote, not the three-fifths. If both chambers approve the changes by majority vote, the bill becomes law.

3. The General Assembly could fail to vote either way. In that case, the bill dies.

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