State Senator Mike Crane, a Republican from Newnan who is also running to fill the soon-to-be-empty seat of Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, has called for a special session to override the religious freedom bill veto by Governor Nathan Deal.
Deal announced Monday that he plans to veto the bill, citing the First Amendment and Georgia’s willingness to be “welcoming” and business friendly in a shot heard ’round the state.
Crane joins State Senator Bill Heath,who told the Atlanta Journal Constitution near the end of session that should the bill be vetoed, he will look to call a special veto session. The legislature would need a 2/3 vote in both chambers to override the veto of the Governor.
From his official press release:
“Today, we saw exactly why our government needs committed conservatives who never stop fighting to protect the Constitution. The announcement by Governor Deal is another example of how the political class is bought and paid for by corporations and lobbyists. Rather than standing up and protecting the 1st Amendment, the political class would rather sacrifice those rights to keep the money flowing. It is fair to note, that Governor Deal voted in favor of the Federal RFRA when in Congress. A RFRA that is far stronger than what was passed by the Georgia General Assembly.
This fight is not over. Today I am calling for a special session to override the Governor’s veto and protect the First Amendment rights of law abiding and hardworking voters throughout this state,” said Mike Crane.