Override vote on Minnesota health bill on hold for now

Published 9:20 am Monday, February 22, 2010

A debate over how to deliver health care to the poorest Minnesotans will prompt more negotiation than confrontation — at least for now.

Legislative leaders say they won’t try to immediately override Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto of a health bill critical to more than 30,000 low-income adults. The bill passed last week with all but 25 votes in the House and Senate combined, but was immediately struck down.

Top lawmakers said Friday they’d wait for Pawlenty to return from a weekend Washington trip to see if they can find common ground.

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The bill would preserve a health coverage program for which Pawlenty eliminated funding.

Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller said an override attempt was probable at some point. Leading Republicans predicted Pawlenty’s veto would be sustained.