Wisconsin County Executive Veto Power Amendment, Question 2a (1962)

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The Wisconsin County Executive Veto Power Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 6, 1962 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment created Article IV, Section 3a of the Wisconsin Constitution to provide County Executives with veto power in counties with 500,000 or more people.[1]

Election results

Question 2a
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 524,240 62.14%
No319,37837.86%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1964

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall Article IV, section 23a, be created to require that in counties with a population of 500,000 or more all resolutions and ordinances of the county board must be submitted to a chief executive officer for his approval or veto?"[1]

Constitutional changes

(Article IV) CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER TO APPROVE OR VETO RESOLUTIONS OR ORDINANCES; PROCEEDINGS ON VETO. Section 23a. Every resolution or ordinance passed by the county board in any county having a population of five hundred thousand or more shall, before it becomes effective. be presented to the chief executive officer. If he approves, he shall sign it; if not, he shall return it with his objections, which objections shall be entered at large upon the journal and the board shall proceed to reconsider the matter. Appropriations may be approved in whole or in part by the chief executive officer and the part approved shall become law, and the part objected to shall be returned in the same manner as provided for in other resolutions or ordinances. If, after such reconsideration, two-thirds of the members-elect of the county board agree to pass the resolution or ordinance or the part of the resolution or ordinance objected to, it shall become effective on the date prescribed but not earlier than the date of passage following reconsideration. In all such cases, the votes of the members of the county board shall be determined by ayes and nays and the names of the members voting for or against the resolution or ordinance or the part thereof objected to shall be entered on the journal. If any resolution or ordinance is not returned by the chief executive officer to the county board at its first meeting occurring not less than six days, Sundays excepted, after it has been presented to him, it shall become effective unless the county board has recessed or adjourned for a period in excess of sixty days, in which case it shall not be effective without his approval.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 121 & JR 68 (1959)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 61 & JR 64 (1961)[2]
  • This measure was put on the ballot in combined legislation with Question 2.

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