Line-Item Veto

The line-item veto is a power enjoyed by Oklahoma’s Governor that allows him or her to veto one or more sections of an appropriations bill.  Line-item vetoes, like regular vetoes, can be overridden by a two-thirds vote of both chambers of the Legislature. If overridden, the bill becomes the law as originally passed by the Legislature. If a line-item veto is not overridden, the rest of the bill becomes law.

The line-item veto was used most recently by Gov. Stitt in the 2020 session on a $1.2 million appropriation intended to provide pay raises to employees at private prisons. Prior to that it was used by Gov. Fallin during the 2017 first special session to veto all but five sections of a General Appropriations bill passed by the Legislature.