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Lawmakers seek to override Walker veto, in a way

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker has never had a veto overridden by the Republican-controlled Legislature after more than four years in office.

But that could change, in a way, because of a rarely used state law.

Walker on Aug. 6 vetoed a decision by the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee approving $15.8 million in spending by the Transportation Department to pay for installing 70 mph speed limit signs, for road salt and for a variety of other maintenance projects.

Walker disagreed with tapping $3 million from a county maintenance fund.

According to state law, when spending of this sort is vetoed, the committee is required to attempt an override.

Walker’s veto of the committee action is the first of its kind since 2004, and the budget committee has not overridden such a veto since 2003.

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