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Analysis: Veto session would be another break from tradition

Louisiana State Capitol Building
Posted at 3:29 PM, Jul 04, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana appears headed to a veto override session.

That will mark another tradition-busting moment of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ tenure as lawmakers break from historic norms and flex their constitutional independence in a state where a governor’s power once seemed almost absolute.

The breaking of decades-long patterns started quickly after the Democratic governor’s first victory in the 2015 election, which also saw the hardening of Republican majorities in the House and Senate.

Lawmakers across Edwards’ two terms in office have bucked him on leadership choices. They’ve publicly fought with Edwards over income forecasts. And they’ve called their own special sessions without coordinating with Edwards.