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."
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.