State Senator calls for legislators to come back in session to override Gov. Fallin vetoes
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
A Oklahoma State Senator is calling on lawmakers to return to the Capitol to override vetoes issued by Governor Mary Fallin.
Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow) began the process this week.
“Over the last eight years we have seen decisions from the governor that are out of step with the will of the people, with the Republican Party platform, and with the Constitution,” Dahm said.
It would take two-thirds of both the House and Senate to agree to return to call the special session. Dahm's call comes after Gov. Fallin vetoed the "constitutional carry" bill last week, but he says the session could be used to override other vetoes issued by the governor from 2011 to 2018.
“We have seen Governor Fallin use her veto pen to kill bills that would have brought transparency and accountability to government, reined in out of control agency rules, get parents more involved in education, restore our Second Amendment rights, return local control back to communities, secure parental rights in healthcare decisions, streamline and modernize state government, restore private property rights, change the budgeting system for long term planning, and more. This would afford us the opportunity to correct those mistakes without having to wait another year to do so," Dahm said.
If a state question regarding medical marijuana passes in June, lawmakers will likely be forced to return to the Capitol to address new regulations. Dahm says that could be an "opportune" time to deal with measures vetoed by the governor.
So far, 16 legislators have signed the resolution.