VETO SESSIONS

 

            The concept of having a “Veto” session came about as the result of the veto of ten bills by Governor Howard Dean after the close of the 1994 session.  The session ended on June 12 at 3.21 A.M. and the Governor’s office announced at noon the same day that he was going to veto ten bills.  It had been the practice at that time to hold the bills for the Governor to pick up as long as they were all signed by June 30. Some of the bills that were vetoed had been passed by the legislature several weeks before June 12. The following are the veto sessions that have been held:

 

2011

          Governor Peter Shumlin vetoed Senate bill 77 relating to water testing of private wells.  The veto session was held on June 7, 2011.  No action was taken on the veto by the House or Senate.  Rep. Warren Kitzmiller of Montpelier presided as Speaker (Speaker Shap Smith of Morristown was not present) and Phil Scott of Montpelier presided as Lieutenant Governor.  The House session started at 12:00 noon and adjourned at 12:15 P.M.

2010

            Governor James Douglas vetoed House bill 485 relating to the use value appraisal program.  The veto session was held on June 9, 2010.  No action was taken on the veto by the House or Senate.  Shap Smith of Morristown presided as Speaker and Brian Dubie of Essex as Lieutenant Governor.  The House session started at 10:00 A.M. and adjourned at 10:05 A.M.

2007

            Governor James Douglas vetoed House Bill 520 relating to energy and conservation.  He also vetoed Senate Bill 164 relating to campaign finance.  The veto session was held on July 11, 2007.  The House sustained the Governor’s veto on H. 520 on a vote of 86 to override and 61 to sustain (2/3rds vote of 98 needed).  The Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto on S. 164 on a vote of 24 to override and 5 to sustain (2/3rds vote of 20 needed).  The House sustained the veto on S. 164 on a vote of 97 to override and 50 to sustain (2/3rds vote of 98 needed).  Gaye Symington of Jericho presided as Speaker and Brian Dubie of Essex as Lieutenant Governor.  The House session started at 10:00 A. M. and adjourned at 5:15 P.M.

 

2006

            Governor James Douglas vetoed House Bill 865, An act relating to nondiscrimination. The veto session was held on June 1, 2006. No action was taken on the veto by the House or Senate. Gaye Symington of Jericho presided as Speaker and Brian Dubie of Essex as Lieutenant Governor. The House session started at 10.00 A. M. and adjourned at 10.05 A.M.

 

2004

            Governor James Douglas vetoed House Bill 781, An act relating to insurance.  The veto session was held on June 16 and the Governor’s veto sustained in the House on a vote of 5 to override and 121 to sustain the veto. Walter Freed of Dorset presided as Speaker and Brian Dubie of Essex as Lieutenant Governor. The House session started at 10.00 A.M. and adjourned at 1.45 P.M.

 

2003

            Governor James Douglas vetoed Senate Bill 114, An act relating to access to juvenile proceedings. The veto session was held on June 19. No action was taken on the veto by the House or Senate. The veto was subsequently sustained by the Senate on January 8, 2004 on a vote of 0 to override and 28 to sustain. Walter Freed of Dorset presided as Speaker and Brian Dubie of Essex as Lieutenant Governor. The House session started at 10.00 A. M. and adjourned at 10.05 A.M.

 

2002

            Governor Howard Dean vetoed Senate Bill 151, An act relating to abandoned motor vehicles. The veto session was held on June 28, 2002. The veto was sustained in the Senate on a vote of 2 to override and 23 to sustain. Walter Freed of Dorset presided as Speaker and Douglas Racine of Burlington as Lieutenant Governor. The House session started at 10.00 A.M. and adjourned at 10.10 A.M.

 

2000

          Governor Howard Dean vetoed Senate Bill 237, An act relating to minors and alcohol. The veto session was held on May 31, 2000. The veto message raised concerns about a specific section of the bill. House Bill 831, An act relating to minors and alcohol was introduced and passed by both the House and Senate and messaged to the Governor. The veto of Senate Bill 237 was sustained by the Senate on a vote of 6 to override and 18 to sustain. The House session started at 10.00 A.M. and adjourned at 12.47 P.M.