Montana governor, secretary of state in dispute over veto

Montana governor, secretary of state in dispute over veto


Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is attempting to overrule Gov. Steve Bullock's veto of a bill by saying the governor did not deliver the rejected bill to him in time.

Stapleton, a Republican, said Wednesday the Democratic governor's veto of a bill clarifying the definition of bison wasn't delivered to him within 10 days, so it automatically becomes law.

Bullock veto letter is dated April 29, four days after it was delivered to him and after the Legislature had adjourned. Stapleton says the bill was not returned to him until May 22.

State law says if the Legislature is not in session, the governor will return the vetoed bill to the secretary of state. It also says that a bill that has not been returned by the governor within 10 days after its delivery to the governor becomes law.

Bullock spokeswoman Marissa Perry says Stapleton is confused.

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