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Phelps Expects Veto Override
By Ryan Hermes - Illinois Radio Network
WBGZ Radio 7/3/13
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The chief sponsor of concealed carry legislation in the Illinois House says he expects lawmakers to override the governor’s amendatory veto when they meet next week.
State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg), who has long championed the right to concealed carry, calls the governor’s amendatory veto a slap in the face.
“We came up with a compromise bill. He totally thumbed his nose at that,” said Phelps.
Phelps expects lawmakers to override the amendatory veto when they meet next week. It would take 71 votes in the House and 36 votes in the Senate to do so.
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The original bill passed both chambers with 89 votes and 45 votes respectively.
The House is scheduled to meet on Tuesday (July 9), which is the same day as a court-mandated deadline for Illinois to have a concealed carry law in place.
And as for the governor’s claim that lawmakers rushed their vote on the bill, Phelps says that’s a lie and that the governor was aware of the bill’s progress every step of the way.
(Copyright WBGZ Radio/ www.AltonDailyNews.com)
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