Beshear vetos charter school bill

The charter school funding bill passed by the Kentucky legislature was vetoed by Governor Andy Beshear yesterday, stating portions of it would be unconstitutional.

Under the bill, state and local tax dollars would follow students to the school of their choosing, whether it is a traditional public school or a charter.

The bill, which received a vote of approval from Rep. Josh Branscum when it passed in the Kentucky House, now goes back to the legislature where it passed with very slim margins.

The legislature will have the chance to override the veto with a simple majority vote in each chamber.

In order to override Beshear’s veto, the House will need 51 “yes” votes and the Senate will need 20. The House got exactly 51 votes in its initial passage of the bill, while the Senate got 22.

Lawmakers return to Frankfort Wednesday to consider bills and veto overrides before ending the 2022 legislative session Thursday night.

 

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