House, Senate Overturn Governor’s Veto

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature has handed Gov. Doug Burgum his first veto setback since taking office.

The House voted 89-3 Friday morning to override the first-term Republican governor veto of a bill that he has called “legislative overreach.”

Senators voted unanimously to override Burgum’s veto on Thursday of the bill that defines the authority of a group of legislators known as the budget section.

Burgum says spending authority has been improperly delegated to the group, which consists of 42 of the Legislature’s 141 members who meet between sessions.

A similar fight last session ended up in the North Dakota’s Supreme Court. The high court agreed that the Legislature had ceded too much power to the budget section.

Burgum says the veto override was a “missed opportunity to move forward.”
 

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