House fails to override home rule charter veto

2013-04-20T11:17:00Z House fails to override home rule charter vetoBy NICK SMITH | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

 

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.

Reach Nick Smith at 250-8255 or 223-8482 or at nick.smith@bismarcktribune.com.

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