Under new management, the State Senate has decided to punish the Governor.
A state Senate committee today scheduled a Nov. 14 vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would end the ability of governors to veto spending bills in ways that stitch letters and numbers together to create something never passed by the Legislature - the so-called Frankenstein veto.
The Senate Ethics Reform and Government Operations Committee will vote on a constitutional amendment to limit the veto power governors have wielded for decades on 1 p.m. Nov. 14, according to a meeting notice issued by Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison).
To go before voters, the amendment must be approved by the Senate before the Legislature adjourns next year. It has already been approved by the 2005-'06 session of the Legislature, and by the state Assembly earlier this year.
Risser scheduled the committee vote days after Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle used his Frankenstein veto authority twice when he rewrote parts of the 2007-'09 budget before he signed it into law.
Something tells me that Our Governor's Christmas-card list will be about 18 names shorter this year.
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You're making the assumption that they won't word the change to take effect with the next Governor.
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