The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 9, 2010
Might lawmakers override a furlough bill veto?

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After SBX8 29 cleared the Legislature with a 70-7 vote in the Assembly and a 27-7 concurrence vote in the Senate on Monday, several blog users sent e-mails asking whether lawmakers would try to override what looks like a certain veto by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Our answer: Probably not.

Capitol Bureau colleague Steve Wiegand, who has covered state politics for parts of four decades, did the research: "The last time legislators overrode a gubernatorial veto was in July 1979, when they overturned a veto by Gov. Jerry Brown of a 14.5 percent pay raise for 210,000 state workers. The $227 million override was the third of Brown's governorship and only the fourth in California since 1946."Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ASSEMBLY_SEAL.jpg

And it wouldn't take much to kill an override push in the Senate. One vote switched from "aye" to "no" and the 27th vote needed to reach the two-thirds threshold in the 40-member upper house would be lost.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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