Override Attempt Expected

The second override of a bill to raise taxes on cigarettes and lower them on groceries has apparently not created a permanent rift between Gov. Haley Barbour and members of his own party.

Sen. Terry Burton of Newton, who like Barbour is a Republican, said he usually agrees with the governor.

But on this issue, Burton sees the bill as a tax decrease for everyone and an increase only for those who choose to pay it.

"I'm not one of those going around trying to get votes. That's not my job on this one. I do that on some bills but on this bill that's another committee," said Burton. "We feel like we'll see a vote on an override just to put the issue to rest, either to override or sustain, a final decision on the issue will be made, I think, before the session's over."

To override in the House would take 82 votes if all 122 members are voting. It would take 34 votes in the Senate if all 51 are participating. One Senate seat is currently vacant.

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