Governor Expects to Veto ‘a Lot of Bills’ This Session

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – Gov. Brian Schweitzer says he will probably veto “a lot of bills” this legislative session.

Speaking to the Missoulian editorial board Monday, Schweitzer said he would have no choice but to exercise his veto power if the bills are “blatantly unconstitutional.” The Democrat did not specify which legislation might be vetoed, but he expects some pending health care bills are unconstitutional based on Roe v. Wade.

In that case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the right of personal privacy includes a decision on abortion during the first three months of pregnancy.

House Republicans have the two-thirds vote to override Schweitzer’s veto, but Senate Republicans would fall short if votes follow party lines.

Schweitzer also told the newspaper the Legislature introduces too many bills that often deal with obscure topics.

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