|Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has |
weakest veto in the nation.
Forty-five states require supermajorities to override a gubernatorial veto. Five states only require a majority legislative vote to override a veto, which of course is what it takes to pass the bill in the first place. Those states are: Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Indiana.
Forty-four governors have the line item veto. The six states that don't give their governors line item veto power are Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont and Indiana.
In Indiana , the legislature is king and usually the Governor is usually at the mercy of the General Assembly. While Governor Daniels has done remarkably dealing with the legislature given his extremely weak veto power, is it really good government to leave the governor virtually powerless to put the brakes on a runaway legislature? The decision to grant Indiana's governor a weak veto was reflected in the 1851 Constitution, a document now 160 years old. Maybe it is time to revisit that decision.