Senator wants balance of power, others say he's stepping on toes

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Lawmakers in the Senate State Affairs Committee forwarded a bill Wednesday that would allow legislators to call for a special session, something only the governor has power to do now.

Senator Vick is backing the bill, he's requesting one sentence to be added to the Constitution. The sentence reads, "Upon the veto of a bill following the adjournment of the legislature, the governor, upon the joint request of the speaker of the house of representatives and the president pro tempore of the senate, shall call the legislature back into session to reconsider the vetoed bill as provided by law."

What that sentence is saying, is the speaker of the house and president of the senate would order the governor to call the legislature back into session to reconsider a bill he vetoed.

Senator Vick said if the governor vetoes a bill in the last five days of session, or after it's ended for the year, lawmakers can't do anything about it.

"I believe that we should have as best as we possibly can, three equal branches of government," Senator Vick said.

If the governor vetoes a bill, and a special session is called, lawmakers would be able to pass that bill into law if there's two-thirds majority vote from both houses.

Senator Vick said Idaho is only one of seven states that lawmakers can't reconsider a vetoed bill after the legislative session ends. He said a lot of what goes to the governor's hands at the end of the session is really important and he doesn't want to let a vetoed bill slip through the cracks.

But some say this is the way government works and it shouldn't be tampered with. And back in February, when the bill was introduced, Senator Elliot Werk said this might be stepping on the governor's toes.

"I'm pretty concerned about the idea of separation of powers here, if the legislature can direct the governor to do x, y or z things," Senator Werk said.

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