Gerry Canavan

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The Wisconsin Veto

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How did Wisconsin ever function with a veto like this in place? This is a completely insane power for a chief executive to have.

What most people outside Wisconsin don’t know is that our governor wields a veto power on appropriations bills so strong as to be frankly comic. It’s not just a line-item veto; Walker has the power to veto individual phrases and words — like “not” — from sentences. If the state Senate returns to session and passes a bill with time limits on Walker’s favored provisions, he can strip out the new language and sign his own decompromised version into law. If that sounds crazy, keep in mind that until 2008 governors of Wisconsin could — and did! — veto multi-page sections of bills, leaving in place only eight or nine words spelling out a law the governor wanted to enact. And that, in turn, was a much-narrowed version of the so-called “Vanna White veto” power enjoyed by Wisconsin governors prior to 1990, when they could veto individual letters out of words and individual digits out of numbers.

More here. I am beside myself.

Written by gerrycanavan

March 9, 2011 at 5:59 pm

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