Lawmakers Likely to Override Veto of Religious Freedom Bill On Last Day

Mar 26, 2013

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The Kentucky House will vote today whether to override Governor Steve Beshear's veto of the so-called religious freedom bill.  The measure allows Kentuckians to ignore laws that put an undue burden on their religious beliefs. Critics of the bill say it undermines fairness laws in a handful of cities and would legalize discrimination.

But supporters of the bill say it only strengthens previous laws that protect religious rights. Many House Democrats supported the bill when it first came up for a vote, though the decision to consider the veto was more contentious when taken up in a Democratic caucus meeting yesterday. Speaker Greg Stumbo expects the override to go through, but he's not sure how strong the support will be. Senate leaders say they will also vote to override the veto.