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Frequently Asked Questions About the Minnesota Legislature

Can the Legislature override the governor's veto? Is there a limit to that privilege?

Yes, the Legislature can override vetoes, including vetoes of line items, provided the legislature has not adjourned, as noted in the Minnesota Constitution Article IV, Section 23. The action must receive a two-thirds majority in both houses (90 in the House and 45 in the Senate) in order to achieve this. There is no limit to this privilege, though successfully overriding a veto has been rare over the course of state history.

Historical data on vetoes and override attempts is available on the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library's Vetoes database.