Legislature Stops GOP Override Of State Parks Bill

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SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) – Republican lawmakers have failed to override Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a bill that would have allowed local governments to take over the operations of state parks that are set to close because of budget cuts.

Had the attempt on Thursday succeeded, it would have been the first override in California since Brown was first governor in the 1970s.

The bill by Sen. Sam Blakeslee, a Republican from San Luis Obispo, passed last year with near-unanimous support. It would have allowed cities or counties to operate state parks that are expected to close this summer.

Brown, a Democrat, vetoed SB356 but signed a separate bill by Democrats that allows nonprofits to help with some park operations.

The veto-override failed on a party-line, 13-22, roll call.

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