Holcomb Vetos Emergency Powers Bill
By: Sheila McCrea -
Monday, April 12, 2021
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb vetoed a bill that would have given Indiana legislators more authority to intervene during emergencies declared by the governor.
Governor Holcomb issued the veto on the proposal that lawmakers approved over his objections, and which he and some legal experts have said they don’t believe is allowed under the state constitution. Holcomb’s fellow Republicans pushed the bill after months of criticism from some conservatives over COVID-19 restrictions that he imposed by executive order during the statewide public health emergency.
Lawmakers could vote to override Holcomb’s veto before the current legislative session ends in late April. Unlike Congress and most states, Indiana lawmakers can override a governor’s veto by a simple majority of both chambers.
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