BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana lawmakers ended their historic veto session Wednesday after two days in which Republicans failed to overturn any of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ bill rejections, a significant blow to GOP efforts to assert independence from the Democratic governor.
The session collapsed after House Republicans couldn’t garner the votes to reverse Edwards’ veto of legislation banning transgender athletes from school sports teams, the driving force behind the first veto session ever held under the nearly 50-year-old state constitution.
“It appears that we have concluded the business of the veto session,” Republican Senate President Page Cortez said two hours after the House’s failed override vote.
While the Senate narrowly agreed Tuesday to the veto override of the sports ban, the House on Wednesday fell two votes