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2022 Legislative Session concludes

By Shellie Hampton, Director of Government Affairs
Last minute bills and veto overrides dominated the last two days of session.

The 2022 regular session ended last night after two days of last minute negotiations, tornado warnings across half the Commonwealth that paused action, and an almost clean slate of veto overrides. Bills passed the last two days will not have any time remaining for legislators to override any vetoes. Our team will share a full analysis of the session and the wins for counties this year in the coming weeks. 

The Governor vetoed 31 bills this session, and the General Assembly summarily took action to override all but one, HB 690. HB 690 would have added all licensed attorneys to the current statutory list of those authorized to carry a concealed weapon at all times, with exceptions for detention centers. The veto override of SB 167 on library board appointments detailed in last week’s newsletter, took a different route to final passage. After failing to garner enough votes on Wednesday, it required a second vote in the House on Thursday. Veto overrides take a minimum of 51 votes to pass and the first vote reached 48-39. 

Other veto overrides included bills on election security, state tax reform and charter schools, among others. You can view a list of those bills here

Be sure to register for our KACo Member Briefing: 2022 Legislative Session in Review on April 25 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. EDT for a summary of the session highlights important to counties. You can register for that virtual class here

As always, please email or with any questions or feedback from legislators. We appreciate everything you did to lead counties to another successful session!


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