The Kansas state Senate voted to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of the state’s new congressional map.
The veto came on the second attempt, as a Monday effort fell three votes shy of the number needed for a successful veto. The 27-11 vote went through on Tuesday.
Kansas Senate, in 27-11 vote, overrode Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of Republican congressional map.
Republicans needed all 27 votes.
Vote came day after 1st attempt to override fell short.https://t.co/2umu2hIDY6
— Greg Giroux (@greggiroux) February 8, 2022
“This isn’t the first time the Legislature has had to step up to protect Kansans from Laura Kelly’s partisan agenda. It is no coincidence she pulled out the veto pen just hours after the ACLU told her to,” Kansas Republicans said in a statement.
“It’s clear she is beholden to New York’s special interests. The Legislature is bound to do what is best for Kansans, and we won’t back down from that responsibility,” the statement added.
The Kansas Senate has voted 27-11 to override Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of the proposed “Ad Astra 2” redistricting map.https://t.co/9Br2ls116s
— KSHB 41 News (@KSHB41) February 8, 2022
The new redistricting is now more heavily in Republican favor, with Democrats arguing the move is racially motivated as it divides Black and Hispanic areas of the state.
The new effort shows the conflict between the GOP-led state Senate and the governor, especially as it comes to electing future representatives.