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updated: 6/11/2013 8:27 AM

Pence urges lawmakers to uphold Indiana tax bill veto

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is asking lawmakers to keep from handing him his first veto override.

Pence sent a letter to legislators on Monday urging to uphold his veto of a local tax measure. The measure retroactively approves taxes collected by Jackson and Pulaski counties to pay for new jails.

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Pence says the measure amounts to a tax increase. But House and Senate leaders have taken the side of local officials who say the measure corrects a mistake made more than six years ago.

The General Assembly is scheduled to reconvene Wednesday to consider Pence's veto and technical corrections to some other measures. Lawmakers need only muster a simple majority in both the House and Senate to overturn a governor's veto.

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