Ballot measure to limit veto power in Wisconsin gets consideration
MADISON, Wisconsin: State Senator Fred Risser and State Representative Gary Hebl expect the Wisconsin Legislature to advance consideration of a future ballot measure that would curb the partial veto power of the Governor of Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Judiciary and Ethics will vote on March 4, 2010, to approve a constitutional amendment that would restrict the Wisconsin Governor to only veto entire sections of appropriations bills. If the measure is approved by the committee, then it would go to a floor vote in both houses. If approved by both houses, it would require consideration in the next legislative session beginning in 2011 before the ballot measure is qualified.
Wisconsin voters approved two ballot measures in 1990 and 2008 to curb the Governor's veto power. In 1990, Wisconsin voters approved the so-called "Vanna White Amendment" in which outlawed Wisconsin Governors from vetoing single letters, digits, and punctuation marks. Voters recently approved a ballot measure in 2008 in which outlaws the Wisconsin Governor from vetoing part of a sentence and using the line item veto to create new language in bills known as the "Frankenstein Amendment".
Despite the two previous measures limited veto power, the line-item veto power of the Wisconsin Governor is still considered by political experts as the most powerful in the nation.