House overrides abortion bill vetoes
BACK ON JOB
Sen. Mike Mazzei: He's been absent for medical reasons for most of this session, but he's returning for the override vote.
By MICHAEL McNUTT NewsOK.com
Published: 4/27/2010 2:24 AM
Last Modified: 4/27/2010 10:05 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY " The Senate is expected to consider on Tuesday whether to override two gubernatorial vetoes of anti-abortion legislation, which the House of Representatives easily overrode Monday.
Sen. Mike Mazzei, a Tulsa Republican who has spent most of this session on a medical leave of absence as he tries to recover from a back injury, will be on the Senate floor, said Ashley Kehl, a spokeswoman for Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee. It's expected that Mazzei, who has supported similar legislation in the past, will vote to override the vetoes.
It will take 36 votes to override Gov. Brad Henry's vetoes. The Senate passed both measures last week with votes of 35-11; Mazzei and Sen. Johnny Crutchfield, D-Ardmore, were absent.
The House took up the overrides on the first day it was back in session since Henry vetoed the measures Friday. House Bill 2780 would have required women to hear a description of an ultrasound examination before they could have an abortion, and HB 2656 would have made it illegal to sue a doctor on a claim of "wrongful birth" because the doctor failed to persuade the mother to abort a child.