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Branstad veto overruled by Supreme Court


The Iowa Supreme Court says Governor Terry Branstad overstepped his authority when he used his line-item veto on funding for Iowa Workforce Development offices last year.
The measure was part of a $3 million dollar funding bill. While most bills must be signed or vetoed, the governor has line-item veto power on spending bills.

Several lawmakers filed a lawsuit against the governor last year. In December, a Polk County judge ruled the governor had overstepped his authority. That ruling was appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court. Governor Branstad has said this case is a test of the governor's authority.

Lawmakers who filed the suit released a statement applauding the unanimous decision.

"This is a huge victory for Iowans hoping to find a job," said Senator Bill Dotzler (D-Waterloo).

"It was a mistake to close dozens of local workforce offices during a severe economic recession and when returning soldiers are looking for work," said Senator Daryl Beall (D-Fort Dodge). 

The Senators say they will work with Branstad to immediately reopen all impacted workforce offices.




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