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Wisconsin Senate approves resolution for a gubernatorial veto referendum

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April 14, 2010

MADISON, Wisconsin: The Wisconsin State Senate on a 21-12 vote approved a joint resolution that could allow a future referendum involving the veto power of the Governor of Wisconsin[1].

Wisconsin Senate Joint Resolution 61 would ask Wisconsin voters to require the Governor to veto an entire section of a bill instead of vetoing parts of a section when using the line item veto pen[1].

Many political experts view the Wisconsin Governor's veto power as the most powerful in the nation, as a result of numerous Wisconsin Supreme Court rulings that ruled 1930 referendum curtailing veto power unconstitutional[1].

The Wisconsin Assembly must approve the resolution as the next step to placing the referendum on the ballot. If approved, the Legislature must approve another resolution in the 2011-2012 session before the referendum can be qualified[1].

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