La. lawmakers fail to override governor’s veto of transgender sports bill

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 1:51 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2021 at 2:12 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WVUE) - The Louisiana House of Representatives failed to override Governor John Bel Edwards’ veto of a bill that would ban transgender athletes from competing in organized women’s sports.

Lawmakers voted 68-30, two votes shy of overriding the veto. The House vote Wednesday is a significant blow to Republican-led efforts to enact the new law in a historic veto session that has seen no bill rejections overturned so far.

The veto is sustained. The bill will not be signed into law.

The Louisiana Senate voted Tuesday to override. Lawmakers voted 26-12, the exact numbers of votes needed to override.

The bill was one of 28 up for consideration during the state’s historic veto override session. The session ended without any vetoes being overridden.

Protesters were removed from the chambers shortly after the first gavel.

Lawmakers also failed to override the governor’s veto of a measure that would allow gun owners to carry weapons without a concealed carry permit, background checks, or firearm safety courses.

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