BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana state senators have narrowly voted to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ rejection of a bill prohibiting transgender students from participating in school sports.

The vote came Tuesday on the opening day of the first veto session under the state’s nearly 50-year-old constitution.

Senators voted 26-12 for the veto override. That was the exact number of votes needed.

The vote fell along party lines, with Republicans in support of the measure and Democrats in opposition. The debate now shifts to the House, where Republicans will need to pick up some backing from Democrats and independents to overturn the veto and enact the ban in law.


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)(July 20, 2021 12:32 p.m.) — Louisiana lawmakers are entering uncharted territory. On Tuesday at noon they’re opening their first veto override session under the nearly five-decades-old state constitution.

The majority-Republican House and Senate decided to return largely because of two bills rejected by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.

One would ban transgender athletes from competing on school sports teams of their identified gender. the other would allow people 21 and older to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or safety training.

But lawmakers also can try to override other measures among the 28 Edwards rejected.

The veto session can last up to five days but they hope to wrap up by Saturday.