Yesterday really did not provide any surprises in the Reconvened Session of the 2016 General Assembly. McAuliffe vetoed 32 bills, including five firearm related House Bills and one Senate bill. One of the House vetoes and the companion Senate bill were not on yesterday's docket because they had been previously considered during the session when McAuliffe sent down an amendment in the nature of a substitute. The substitute was rejected by both the House and Senate and so the veto could not be considered yesterday.
The vetoes that were failed to be overridden yesterday were:
HB 382 Firearms; control by state agencies, rights of employees.
HB 560 Brandishing a firearm; intent to induce fear, etc., penalty.
HB 1096 Firearms; regulation by state entities prohibited.
HB 1234 School security officers; carrying a firearm.
The vetoes that could not be considered were:
HB 766 Concealed handguns; carrying with a valid protective order.
SB 626 Carrying concealed handguns; protective orders.
Overriding the vetoes were always going to be difficult as it would require at least one Democrat in the House and 6 Democrats in the Senate to oppose the Democrat Governor. In the House 67 votes are needed to override and in the State Senate 27 votes needed. There are 66 Republicans in the House and 21 in the Senate. The House fell one vote short on all of the bills in the House.
Delegate Scott Lingamfelter shared this photo on Facebook yesterday illustrating how the Governor politicized his vetoes.