Attorney General Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion to Kenosha County Corporation Counsel Concerning a County Executive's Veto Authority to Amend a Line Item Budget Appropriation

Oct 15 2014
Attorney General Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion to Kenosha County Corporation Counsel Concerning a County Executive's Veto Authority to Amend a Line Item Budget Appropriation
 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a formal opinion today to Kenosha County Corporation Counsel Bernard Vash concerning two questions: whether a county executive may exercise his veto power by crossing out a specific line-item appropriation in the budget passed by the county board and replacing it with a lesser figure; and whether constitutional amendments limiting the Wisconsin Governor’s veto power have similarly affected a county executive’s power. Van Hollen concluded that a county executive may exercise his veto power in this way. Van Hollen further concluded that constitutional amendments limiting the Governor’s authority do not apply to county executives.

 

A copy of the Attorney General’s opinion is available at the following link:  Opinion.

 

A copy of the opinion request is available at the following link:  Request.

 

Formal and informal opinions issued by Attorney General Van Hollen are available here.