Early results mixed as lawmakers attempt post-session veto overrides

Montana’s Legislature has overridden the governor on one piece of vetoed legislation, showing that lawmakers have at least some degree of appetite for pushing back against a slew of such actions that took place after they adjourned last month.

According to results released Friday evening by the Secretary of State’s office, House Bill 693 will become law despite Gov. Greg Gianforte vetoing it after the biennial session ended in early May. That bill, sponsored by Rep. Bill Mercer, a Billings Republican, says that the executive branch and other government agencies can’t deny someone’s public records request on the basis of ongoing litigation.

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