A House vote Friday failed to override a veto by the governor of a bill that would allow special elections on home rule charters.
House Bill 1156 was brought to the floor on Friday where the vote was 48-44 in favor of overriding the veto, short of the required two-thirds majority.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple vetoed HB1156 on April 4. It had passed the House by a 52-37 vote on Jan. 29 and the Senate by a 37-9 vote on March 18.
The bill would have allowed counties to hold special elections for home rule charters, like cities and school districts. Dalrymple said in a statement that he vetoed the bill because of concerns about low voter turnout at special elections.
The Burleigh County Commission wanted the change in law to hold a special election to approve a half-cent sales tax to pay for a new jail. Morton County also favored the change.
Now, the earliest Burleigh and Morton can hold such elections will be June 2014.