Wisconsin Governor Bill Approval Amendment, Question 3 (1908)

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The Wisconsin Governor Bill Approval Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 3, 1908 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article V, Section 10 of the Wisconsin Constitution to increase the time in which the governor has to approve or veto a legislative bill from three to six days.[1]

Election results

Question 3
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 85,955 75.98%
No27,17124.02%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1909

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"For the amendment extending from three to six days the time allowed the governor in which to approve bills."[2]

Constitutional changes

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO SECTION 10 OF ARTICLE V OF THE CONSTITUTION—Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring. That section 10 of article 5 of the constitution be amended by striking out the word "three" in line thirteen and inserting the lieu thereof the word "six" so that when so amended said section reads as follows: Section 10. Every bill which shall have passed the Legislature shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the Governor; If he approve, he shall sign it, but if not, be shall return It, with his objections, to that house in which It shall have originated, who shall enter the objections at large upon the journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If, after such reconsideration two-thirds of the members present shall agree to pass the bill, it shall be sent, together with the objections, to the other house, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two-thirds of the members present, it shall become a law. But in all such cases the votes of both houses shall be determined by yeas and nays, and the names of the members voting for or against the bill, shall be entered on the journal of each house respectively. If any bill shall not be returned by the Governor within six days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the same shall be a law, unless the Legislature shall, by their adjournment, prevent its return, in which case It shall not be a law.[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 45 & JR 14 (1905)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 46 & JR 13 (1907)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.661 (1907)[1]

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