Commonwealth Policy Center

Today begins the two-day Veto Override period in the 2022 General Assembly session. This is when the state legislature can override any of Gov. Andy Beshear’s vetoes of the bills that have made it through both chambers. This is a reminder of important checks and balances in government. If a bad bill makes it through both chambers and the governor has a good rationale for vetoing it, the veto is often sustained. However, if the governor is out of bounds and the legislature has truth and the facts on their side, then the veto is often overridden. And we expect that with several bills this session—including school choice, restricting Critical Race Theory, and Save Women’s Sports. In the end, a governor’s veto and the legislature’s ability to override it bring balance to our government.