The sponsor of Utah’s HB 353 told GamePolitics that he is undecided as to whether he will seek an override of Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman’s veto of the controversial measure.
Rep. Mike Morley (R) told us via e-mail:
As far as a potential override, I haven’t decided whether or not to pursue that. We’ll see as we get a little further down the road.
Morley (left) also gave his reaction to Huntsman’s veto:
I was somewhat surprised by the governor’s veto and disappointed that he didn’t contact me prior to the veto to discuss the issues. I believe that his decision was made based on false or misleading information from the gaming industry which constituted nothing more than posturing. The bill was carefully crafted to provide safe harbor for those retailers who followed their own advertising.
GP: To be fair, the decision on the override is not likely to be Morley’s alone; Utah’s House and Senate leadership will surely be involved. As GamePolitics reported last week, House Majority Leader Kevin Garn (R) termed an override unlikely, suggesting instead that HB 353 be "retooled" and submitted in the 2010 legislative session.