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Some Idaho Lawmakers Want Power to Reconvene without Governor

Benito Baeza

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Legislature could override a governor’s veto quicker under a proposed amendment to Idaho’s constitution. The amendment would allow lawmakers to convene after the end of the session on bills the governor rejected. That would allow them to enact a bill despite a veto if they have a two-thirds majority vote from each house. Sen. Steve Vick, a Republican from Dalton Gardens, said Idaho is one of only seven states that don’t have that ability. He calls it a way to maintain the state’s checks and balances. But other lawmakers worry it goes too far. Sen. Elliot Werk, a Boise Democrat, said the amendment could be a blow to the balance of power. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is the only person who can call the Legislature to convene.

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