Vets Push for Override of Governor’s Veto on Instant Bingo Tickets

By: Victoria Langley
By: Victoria Langley

Veterans were thrilled when the Legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill allowing instant bingo ticket sales at charity bingo games.

Vets say the tickets could generate 50 percent more money for their community projects, but Jeb Bush vetoed the bill. They wrote to House Speaker Johnnie Byrd, asking him to allow the House to vote on whether to override the governor's veto.

Governor Bush has never had one of his vetoes overturned by the Legislature in more than five years in office, but vets hope the bingo lottery tickets change his luck.

The bill's House sponsor, Charles Dean, knows going against the governor is politically incorrect, but he takes this issue personally and says an override won’t be easy.

Even though the bill passed the House 103-11 and override supporters only need 80 votes, opponents say they'll fight it, but supporters say vets could take out their frustrations at the polls this November.

With nearly two million veterans calling Florida home, their voting strength could impact Johnnie Byrd's Senate hopes and even the presidential election.


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