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Line Item Veto

 

The term line item veto, or item veto, refers to the vetoing of individual provisions within a piece of legislation as opposed to the entire piece of legislation by the president, governor, or elected leader of the executive branch.

 

Example:

 

The Governor did not want to veto the entire bill as it would be very for the state.  However, he was highly concerned that there would be far-reaching unintended consequences due to the wording of the amendment to § 2 a. (1) (e) and decided to veto that one provision.

 

U.S. Senate Definition

 

Authority to veto part rather than all of an appropriations act . The president does not now have item-veto authority. He must sign or veto the entire appropriations act. The item veto sometimes is referred to as a line-item veto.