The Veto Power In The United States; What Is It? by Josiah Henry BentonThe Veto Power In The United States; What Is It? by Josiah Henry Benton

The Veto Power In The United States; What Is It?

byJosiah Henry Benton

Paperback | February 6, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888. Excerpt: ... to refuse to approve or disapprove, because there can be neither approval nor disapproval of a thing which is not examined. The constitution does not empower the governor to simply object to the passage of a bill. It makes it his duty to approve or disapprove, and thus renders it impossible for him to object to a bill without examining it. It does not empower him to return a bill if he objects to signing it, but only to return it if he does not approve of it. And in this case he states that he has not examined it and that he does not express any opinion, i.e., does not approve or disapprove, which is precisely the same as though he had said, " As to this bill I refuse to exercise my revisory, qualified negative power." The true construction of the constitution is that the qualified negative of the governor can be exercised only upon the revision of the bill. The constitution makes it the duty of the governor first to approve or disapprove a bill, i.e., to revise and examine, and his whole power to negative the bill depends upon his having examined it. If he does not examine it he cannot return it with objections. It is the plain purpose of the constitution to cause the completed acts of the legislature to pass under the revision of the executive, and to authorize him to negative them only upon such revision and a disapproval of their provisions. To say that he may return a bill without examination and with objections which do not relate to its merits, is to strike out of the constitutional provision the vital word "approve," and make it read, not "Every bill which shall have passed both houses of the general court shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the governor; if he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it," &c.; but " Every ...
Title:The Veto Power In The United States; What Is It?Format:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217284639

ISBN - 13:9780217284639