Heineman Line-Item Vetoes Child Welfare Payments

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gov. Dave Heineman has used a line-item veto to strike $2.5 million in child welfare payments from a larger state claims bill.

Heineman confirmed his decision in a letter to the Legislature
on Monday. The Republican governor argued that the payments would
amount to unconstitutional special legislation, and said the bill
would make taxpayers responsible for the debts of a private
organization.

Omaha Sen. Steve Lathrop, chairman of the Legislature's Business
and Labor Committee, says he will file a motion to override the
veto. Lathrop says the cases Heineman cited don't apply to the
current claims bill.

The payments were proposed to reimburse subcontractors that
worked for the Boys and Girls Home, a private child welfare service
provider that had a contract with the state. Lawmakers passed the
bill, 42-4.


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