Bill Text - CACR33 (2010)

Relating to the governor's power to reduce appropriations. Providing that the governor shall have line item reduction power of items in any bill making appropriations of money.


Revision: Jan. 15, 2010, midnight

CACR 33 – AS INTRODUCED

10-2893

06/09

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 33

RELATING TO: the governor’s power to reduce appropriations.

PROVIDING THAT: the governor shall have line item reduction power of items in any bill making appropriations of money.

SPONSORS: Sen. Bragdon, Dist 11

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

ANALYSIS

This constitutional amendment-concurrent resolution affords the governor line item reduction power of any items in any bill which makes appropriations of money.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

10-2893

06/09

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Ten

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROPOSING CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

RELATING TO: the governor’s power to reduce appropriations.

PROVIDING THAT: the governor shall have line item reduction power of items in any bill making appropriations of money.

Be it Resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring, that the

Constitution of New Hampshire be amended as follows:

I. That the second part of the constitution be amended by inserting after article 44 the following new article:

[Art.] 44-a. [Line Item Veto to Appropriations Bills.] The governor shall have the power to reduce separate items of appropriation in any bill. Items not reduced shall then become law. Items reduced shall be returned to the general court for reconsideration singly in the same manner as provided for the reconsideration of bills pursuant to Article 44. If the governor's reduction is overturned then the item with the amount originally presented to the governor shall become law, otherwise the item with the reduced amount shall become law.

II. That the above amendment proposed to the constitution be submitted to the qualified voters of the state at the state general election to be held in November, 2010.

III. That the selectmen of all towns, cities, wards and places in the state are directed to insert in their warrants for the said 2010 election an article to the following effect: To decide whether the amendments of the constitution proposed by the 2010 session of the general court shall be approved.

IV. That the wording of the question put to the qualified voters shall be:

“Are you in favor of amending the second part of the constitution by inserting after article 44 the following new article to read as follows:

[Art.] 44-a. [Line Item Veto to Appropriations Bills.] The governor shall have the power to reduce separate items of appropriation in any bill. Items not reduced shall then become law. Items reduced shall be returned to the general court for reconsideration singly in the same manner as provided for the reconsideration of bills pursuant to Article 44. If the governor's reduction is overturned then the item with the amount originally presented to the governor shall become law, otherwise the item with the reduced amount shall become law.”

V. That the secretary of state shall print the question to be submitted on a separate ballot or on the same ballot with other constitutional questions. The ballot containing the question shall include 2 squares next to the question allowing the voter to vote “Yes” or “No.” If no cross is made in either of the squares, the ballot shall not be counted on the question. The outside of the ballot shall be the same as the regular official ballot except that the words “Questions Relating to Constitutional Amendments proposed by the 2010 General Court” shall be printed in bold type at the top of the ballot.

VI. That if the proposed amendment is approved by 2/3 of those voting on the amendment, it becomes effective when the governor proclaims its adoption.

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