Governor Fallin Tells Legislature Time to Act is Now

Governor Mary Fallin

Governor Mary Fallin is urging legislators to take up some of her key agenda items before their session ends later this month.

The governor's comments come after the State Senate voted to override her veto of HB2461.

The Senate voted 39-0 Thursday to override. The House voted 86-3 on April 30 for the veto override and the bill now becomes law without the governor's signature.

"Last Tuesday I vetoed 15 bills in an attempt to refocus the attention of the Legislature on important issues facing this state that have been left unaddressed," Fallin said in a statement.

The bill requires law enforcement authorities to certify within 15 days that a firearm applicant is eligible to receive it under federal regulations.

"The Legislature has chosen to override one of my vetoes, which is certainly its legal right and an outcome I knew was possible," Fallin said.

"The legislation they passed today makes it easier to sell and transfer restricted firearms and accessories like silencers, which is fine. Now that they've accomplished that, I am asking the House and Senate to work with each other and with me to deliver legislation to fund our state government, improve our economy and generally do the things their constituents have put them in office to do."

The override is the first since Fallin took office in 2011. The legislative session ends on May 30. Fallin said she wants lawmakers to address how school districts could fund storm shelters, preparing the state Capitol, and overhauling the state pension system.

"The time for action is now," Fallin said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.