Johnson County native and current Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon took a hard line by vetoing 14 footnotes to the legislature’s supplemental budgeting process.
In a “tough” letter to the state’s lawmakers, Gordon suggested that the Legislature was “infringing” on the authority of the executive branch.
According to the Governor, the legislature appeared to use the budget process to add single-topic bills.
The Wyoming House did manage to override four of the governor’s vetoes in the early hours yesterday morning.
The Senate let the 65th session adjourn with no action on the remaining vetoes.
Mark Gordon has never shied away from taking strong stands in support of Wyoming interests, having sued former Governor Matt Mead over the Capitol Restoration Project 3 years ago.
The Supreme Court ruled in Gordon’s favor, ruling that the legislature and Mead had violated the state’s constitution in the way the project was structured.