Tuesday Is Make-It-Or-Break-It Day for GOP Veto Override

Top Republican lawmakers in Kansas learned Monday that they didn’t have the votes yet to override Democratic Governor Laura Kelly’s veto of a GOP redistricting plan that would make it harder for the state’s only Democrat in Congress to win reelection.

The GOP-controlled state Senate voted 24-15 to overturn Kelly’s action, but Republican leaders needed three more, or 27 in the 40-member chamber, for the necessary two-thirds majority.

Four of the chamber’s 29 Republicans broke ranks with GOP leaders, and joined 10 of the chamber’s 11 Democrats in voting no.

The absent Democrat also would have voted no.

Senate President Ty Masterson, one of the architects of the plan, also voted no, so that under the Legislature’s rules he can ask senators to reconsider Tuesday.

If GOP leaders fail to muster a two-thirds majority then, or the Senate does not vote Tuesday, the GOP plan will die.