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Is that an override count?

When the renewable energy bill (read about it HERE with a bonus highlights-of-the-bill box that didn't make the print edition) won preliminary approval in the House on Tuesday by a vote of 92-42, it was a pretty strong margin, with support of a handful of Republicans. Take into account those who were absent and easily the "yes" votes would have reached 100.

One hundred is the number needed to override a veto if everybody is present.

After the vote, though, Republican House leader Patti Komline was telling Bill Driscoll, lobbyist for manufacturers, that a vote on an override would come out differently, as this bill might be headed for veto land.

Rep. Tony Klein, whose House Natural Resources and Energy Committee wrote the bill, said he was not so sure.

Of course, we know that votes on overrides can be different from votes on the main bill, as that just happened with the same-sex marriage bill.

- Terri Hallenbeck

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