On October 15, the Senate Committee on Insurance, Financial Services, Government Oversight and Courts held a public hearing on Senate Joint Resolution 59, also known as the State Budget Protection Act, which prohibits the governor from using the partial veto to increase state expenditures. The resolution, co-authored by committee chair Sen. David Craig (R-Big Bend) and Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin), seeks to prevent the "usurpation of power" from the executive branch against the legislative branch. Committee member Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison) points out that the legislative branch still has override authority against the governor's vetos and asks for an example of when a governor has usurped power over the legislature, which Sen. Craig sites the past biennium budget. "I think [the last budget biennium] was a usurpation of what should be a core authority of the legislature and...I think there is a very strong argument to be made for what the governor's actions were, were in effect, unconstitutional."
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