Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver announced that the Legislature will vote next month to override the Governor’s veto of legislation that would fund women’s health clinics across the state.
Senate President Sweeney has set the Senate’s override vote for September 20. Under legislative rules, the first override vote must take place in the house in which a vetoed bill originated.
Speaker Oliver said if the Senate vote is successful, the Assembly will vote on Sept 30.
The leaders timed their announcement to coincide with Women’s Equality Day, the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. They noted that without state funding, many women’s health centers would be forced to close, cutting equal access to basic health care and cancer screenings to roughly 140,000 New Jersey women.