Kansas Veto Override Fails in House

The Kansas House fell short in trying to override Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson’s veto of bill that effected late-term abortions.

The Wichita Eagle reports:

The House fell short of an attempt this morning to overturn the governor’s veto of an abortion bill, but may try again Monday.

The bill would have increased the reporting requirements for late-term abortions. Senate substitute for House Bill 2115 would have required doctors performing an abortion after 22 weeks to include the exact medical diagnosis that necessitated the procedure.

Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, said the changes would help ensure that Kansas’ late-term abortion law was being properly enforced

The attempt narrowly missed the 84 votes needed for the two-thirds majority required to overturn a veto. The vote was 82-40, but could come back up again next week. Kinzer voted against the measure so he could bring it back up for a revote and allow missing lawmakers to vote on the issue.

The second attempt to override the veto could happen in the House on Monday. The Senate would then have to vote to override the veto for the bill to become law.

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