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Branstad's line-item veto

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

A Polk County judge says Gov. Terry Branstad's line-item veto of a bill that closed 36 unemployment offices in the state was unconstitutional.

Branstad in July vetoed portions of a bill prohibiting the closure of the offices. He argued it would have prevented Iowa Workforce Development from developing a more efficient system for helping the unemployed.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and six House and Senate Democrats filed a lawsuit in August, contending a governor can't redirect money struck through a line-item veto.

The Des Moines Register says Judge Brad McCall ruled Thursday that for Branstad's veto to be valid he must also veto the allocation.

Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht says the governor disagreed with the ruling and was considering how to respond.

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