Amendment would let Legislature overturn vetoes

Published On: Feb 17 2014 09:56:56 AM PST
BOISE, Idaho -

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.