Lawsuit: Branstad violated constitution with veto

BY DI STAFF | AUGUST 25, 2011 7:20 AM

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A lawsuit filed Wednesday contends that Gov. Terry Branstad violated the Iowa Constitution when he vetoed parts of a bill that led to the closure of 36 unemployment offices last month, according to the Des Moines Register.

In his veto letter, Branstad wrote that the bill would have stopped the Iowa Workforce Development from being more efficient in helping unemployed Iowans.

The lawsuit says that a governor is not allowed to redirect money allocated by the Legislature through veto actions.

While some Workforce Development offices will remain open through the end of the year, others will close, the Register reported.

— by Allie Wright

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