BISMARCK–Three weeks after the Legislature adjourned, Gov. Jack Dalrymple has issued his first vetoes.
Here they are, along with Dalrymple’s reasons for issuing a veto.
Senate Bill 2015: Sections 12, 25 and 31
- Section 12 would violate the principle of the constitutional separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches because it would improperly restrict the authority of the executive branch to submit a proposed budget.
- Section 25 would create an inefficient and unworkable contracting process that would result in the delay of state projects and an increase in governmental costs. This section would require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to review all change orders including insignificant adjustments that are typically reviewed by statewide elected officials and agency directors. OMB practices already provide for oversight of significant change orders.
- Section 31 is vetoed because it would constitute an improper delegation of legislative authority to a subset of its members. This section would allow a subset of the legislature to decide the use of grant funds which are already appropriated to a state agency for distribution in Senate Bill 2057.
You can find the full version of the bill, known as the OMB bill, here. Here is the official SB 2015 partial veto message
Senate Bill 2020: Sections 9 and 15
- Sections 9 and 15 would create an unworkable state water metering system at an initial cost of $500,000. The technology may be more susceptible to tampering than conventional metering and reporting systems. The State Water Commission is the appropriate entity to enforce the proper use of water meters and to devise penalties to deter water permit violations.
You can find the full version of the State Water Commission bill here. Here is the official SB 2020 Partial Veto Message