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House lawmakers override veto on emergency measures bill; Senate vote next

INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) - The Indiana House of Representatives on Thursday morning took action to override Gov. Eric Holcomb's veto on a measure that will give the General Assembly more control in emergency situations.

The vote: 59 yea (to override); 26 nay. Another 15 members were excused.

The Senate has yet to take similar action that would complete the override process.

HB 1123 was passed earlier this month with overwhelming support from Republicans and opposition from Democrats -- even though the Republican governor, Holcomb, vehemently opposed the measure.

An override was expected, and there was no shift in positions when the House voted on Thursday. The Senate vote could happen shortly.

With the override, lawmakers would give themselves the authority to call themselves into session during a state-declared emergency, along with more fiscal control in such situations.

Holcomb argued that the state's constitution does not grant lawmakers the power to call for their own special session, and said any action taken by the Legislature during such an emergency session would face “significant uncertainty."

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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