Article 5 Section 7 - Presentation of bills to governor; approval; veto; filing with secretary of state; veto of items in appropriation bills; inapplication of veto power to referred bills
7. Presentation of bills to governor; approval;
veto; filing with secretary of state; veto of items in
appropriation bills; inapplication of veto power to referred
Section 7. Every bill passed by the legislature, before it
becomes a law, shall be presented to the governor. If he approve, he shall
sign it, and it shall become a law as provided in this constitution. But if
he disapprove, he shall return it, with his objections, to the house in which
it originated, which shall enter the objections at large on the journal. If
after reconsideration it again passes both houses by an aye and nay vote on
roll call of two-thirds of the members elected to each house, it shall become
a law as provided in this constitution, notwithstanding the governor's
objections. This section shall not apply to emergency measures as referred to
in section 1 of the article on the legislative department.
If any bill be not returned within five days after it shall have been
presented to the governor (Sunday excepted) such bill shall become a law in
like manner as if he had signed it, unless the legislature by its final
adjournment prevents its return, in which case it shall be filed with his
objections in the office of the secretary of state within ten days after such
adjournment (Sundays excepted) or become a law as provided in this
constitution. After the final action by the governor, or following the
adoption of a bill notwithstanding his objection, it shall be filed with the
secretary of state.
If any bill presented to the governor contains several items of
appropriations of money, he may object to one or more of such items, while
approving other portions of the bill. In such case he shall append to the
bill at the time of signing it, a statement of the item or items which he
declines to approve, together with his reasons therefor, and such item or
items shall not take effect unless passed over the governor's objections as in
this section provided.
The veto power of the governor shall not extend to any bill passed by
the legislature and referred to the people for adoption or rejection.