(Update) Kentucky Lawmakers Vote to Override Gov. Bevin's Vetoes
Update: Senate lawmakers have voted to override Gov. Matt Bevin's vetoes on mental health treatment and naming various roads. House lawmakers have voted to override Bevin's vetoes involving drones and Volkswagen settlement money.
State senators have voted to override Gov. Matt Bevin's vetoes of two bills about mental health treatment and naming various roads throughout the state.
The Senate voted 35-1 to override Senate Bill 91, which would allow a judge to order some people with mental illnesses to undergo outpatient treatment in certain circumstances. They also voted 34-2 to override Bevin's veto of Senate Joint Resolution 57, which named dozens of roads throughout the state.
Both bills would become law if the state House also votes to override.
Mental health advocates cheered loudly when Senate President Robert Stivers announced the final vote count on Senate Bill 91. Bevin said he vetoed the bill because it would take away people's liberty. Advocates said it would help ensure people with mental illnesses got the help they needed.
Kentucky House lawmakers also voted overwhelmingly to override Governor Matt Bevin's vetoes of two bills regulating drones and deciding who gets to spend up to $100 million from a legal settlement with Volkswagen.
The Republican-controlled chamber voted 89-0 to override Bevin's veto of a portion of House bill 471, which said the state legislature has the final say in spending the settlement money from Volkswagen. Bevin vetoed the bill because he said the legislature is only in session for a few months each year.
The House voted 93-0 to override Bevin's veto of House bill 540, which among other things made it a felony to fly drones in prohibited areas. Bevin said the bill conflicted with federal law.
Kentucky Republican lawmakers are leaning toward overriding some of Governor Matt Bevin's vetoes.
House and Senate leaders planned to meet behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss Bevin's vetoes of bills about mental health , naming roads , regulating drones and spending money from a Volkswagen legal settlement. The state legislature has not overridden a governor's veto since 2013.
Mental health advocates rallied outside of the Senate chambers on Wednesday, urging lawmakers to override the Senate Bill 91 veto. That bill would allow a judge to order some people with mental illnesses into outpatient treatment in certain circumstances. It passed the Senate 34-3 and the House 95-0 earlier this month.
Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer said the veto has a "good chance" of being overridden.
This story has been updated