The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

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

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Senate logo.jpgCould this be the one?

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.

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from sacbee.com. While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on sacbee.com and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.



About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

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 jortiz@sacbee.com.

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

Now on the State Worker column

State Pay Database

This database allows you to search the salaries of California's 300,000-plus state workers and view up to four years of their pay history.

Categories


October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Monthly Archives