Veto Fight Might Loom Between Mike Beebe, Lawmakers

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 7:25 am  

"Part of the reason I give you the same answer on this stuff, one of the reasons, is to keep options open," Mike Beebe said. "Another reason is these people need to have responsibility for what they do without cover from me. They don't need a free ride." (Photo by Mike Pirnique)

Those disagreements, however, have been tame compared to the ones between former Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee and Democratic lawmakers. During Huckabee's first session in 1997, the majority-Democrat Legislature overrode 10 of his 16 vetoes.

Republican lawmakers say they hope to work out any differences with Beebe before legislation reaches his desk, but say they're not afraid of sending the governor bills he may reject.

"I think a veto has a lot of worth. I think a veto threat probably does not," Senate President Michael Lamoureux, R-Russellville, said. "I don't think the Legislature would not pass a piece of legislation simply because someone threatens to veto it."

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