DeLeo, Spilka seek to overturn Baker abortion amendment
Gov says his narrower proposal one of broadest in US
HOUSE SPEAKER Robert DeLeo said the House plans to overturn Gov. Charlie Baker’s amendment to an abortion provision in the state budget on Wednesday, and Senate President Karen Spilka said the Senate will act promptly once the House is finished.
The announcements by the two leaders on Tuesday set the stage for a high-stakes battle between the governor and the Legislature over the issue of abortion. Legislative leaders are characterizing the language they passed as necessary at a time when the US Supreme Court appears to be controlled by opponents of abortion, while Baker suggest his amended version goes far enough.
The House and Senate need a majority vote in each branch to send the original legislative version of the abortion provisions back to the governor. If Baker then vetoes the original legislative version, both branches would need a two-thirds vote to override the governor’s veto.