Wisconsin gubernatorial veto referendum narrowly passes in the Assembly
MADISON, Wisconsin: On the final day of legislative session in the Wisconsin Assembly, Senate Joint Resolution 61, a proposal to put a referendum on the ballot to further curtail the veto power of the Governor of Wisconsin narrowly passed the lower chamber.
The Joint Resolution passed on a 50-48 vote with one representative not voting on the proposal. The referendum proposal would require a Governor to only veto whole sections of bills when using a line item pen. All 50 of the yes votes came from the Democrats, while one Democrat, Bob Ziegelbauer (D-Manitowoc), voted no for the resolution. All 47 Republicans in the minority voted no joining Ziegelbauer. Annette Williams, a Milwaukee Democrat, was the only person to not vote on the proposal.
With both houses approving the resolution, the Legislature must consider the proposal again when the new legislative session begins in January of 2011, since Wisconsin is one of about a dozen states where proposed constitutional amendments must be approved in two separate sessions of the legislature before qualifying for the ballot.
- Wisconsin Senate approves resolution for a gubernatorial veto referendum
- How the Wisconsin Constitution is amended
- Wisconsin Legislature, "History of Wisconsin Senate Joint Resolution 61, (2010)"
- Wisconsin State Legislature, "Representative Bob Ziegelbauer Information Page"
- Wisconsin State Legislature, "Representative Annette Poly Williams Information Page"
- Wisconsin State Legislature, "Roll Call of Wisconsin Senate Joint Resolution 61," April 20, 2010