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Governor says so-called Frankenstein veto slip-up fixable

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MADISON (WKOW) --  Gov. Jim Doyle says a veto he made that's contrary to a constitutional ban is a "very little, minor point."

The ban passed in April 2008 prohibits governors from vetoing parts of two or more sentences to create a new sentence.   The practice of stitching together language is the so-called "Frankenstein" veto.   The veto in question cuts from three sentences to make one new one.

It was one of Doyle's 81 budget vetoes when he signed the state budget Monday.

Asked about it Wednesday, Doyle called it "a very technical, little thing" that wasn't caught in two frenzied days of work by his staff on vetoes.    But Doyle took issue with the mistake being characterized as a product of haste.

"I wouldn't call it haste.   We had alot of work to do in two days.   In the department of administration and the legislative reference bureau, they both checked alot of these (vetoes) to make sure they were okay.   This is one they missed."

The veto deleted creation of a study committee to look into mentally ill care facilities, leaving it to be done instead by a Doyle appointee.

Doyle says the study would go ahead as the Legislature wanted "and that will be the end of it."

A spokesperson for Senate Majority leader Russ Decker (D-Weston) said options were being studied.   It's possible new legislation would have to be drafted and passed.

Madison attorney Fred Wade, an authority on the veto power of Wisconsin governors, looked at the flawed veto as a mistake, but said it obscured a governor's continuing ability to partially trim numbers from budget appropriations and revise wording within a single legislative sentence.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)

 

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