Expectation of veto aided GOP's legislative wins

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 5, 2015 8:24 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- After three years of futility, Republicans used their majorities in Pennsylvania's House and Senate to pass their top agenda items: ending the traditional pension benefit in the state's public employee retirement systems and privatizing Pennsylvania's wine and liquor store system.

But the widely anticipated vetoes by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf might have helped them pass without the discord that derailed past efforts.

Some lawmakers say it made it easier for Republicans to drop any misgivings, or outright opposition, and vote ``yes'' on bills they didn't expect to become law.

Had either reached the desk of former Gov. Tom Corbett, the Republican likely would have signed them.

House and Senate Republican leaders explain the success by pointing to the GOP's larger majorities won in last November's election when Wolf beat Corbett.

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