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Mon March 24, 2014
Arkansas One Of Few States With Simple Majority Override
Political experts say Arkansas' low threshold to override a governor's veto of a bill takes power from the executive branch and gives it to the legislative branch.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the state is one of only six in the country where lawmakers need only a majority of lawmaker's votes to override a governor's veto.
A majority constitutes 51 of the 100 representatives and 18 of the 35 senators. Most states require a two-thirds majority of the Legislature to override a veto.
Still, overrides in Arkansas are rare.
Last week, the Legislature voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a sales tax exemption for sand used in oil and natural-gas drilling.