NEW ORLEANS — Republicans fell two votes short Wednesday of overriding a gubernatorial veto of a bill that would have required athletes to play on teams that corresponded with their biological sex.
Voting the day after the Republican majority in the Senate overrode the veto of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, the GOP could muster just 68 votes in the House. The override session is the first called by the Legislature since Louisiana adopted its current constitution in 1974.
Republican leaders had done their best to tamp down partisan enthusiasm when the session began Monday. They warned that although both the transgender sports ban and a law that would have permitted adults to carry concealed weapons had passed both legislative chambers with veto-proof majorities, it was unclear if everyone would vote the same way a second time.
A group of 100 liberal religious figures wrote