A proposal to eliminate the Governor's so-called "Frankenstein veto" goes before the Assembly today.
Lawmakers are being asked to give final approval to a constitutional amendment that scales back the ability of the governor to change bills on his desk. The measure would limit the power to make new sentences by crossing out words in legislation passed by the Assembly and Senate.
State Representative Don Friske (R-Merrill) is an Assembly sponsor of the measure. He says the power is something that can easily be abused by Governors on important bills, such as the state budget. Friske says the current power allows the Governor to treat the budget like a giant "word puzzle."
The Senate approved the amendment earlier this session. If it passes the Assembly, the public will have a chance to vote on it this coming April.