Dawn of a New Era for the Veto?

In 2009, then Governor Gibbons was criticized for vetoing a record 48 bills (8 of those bills pertained to the budget), surpassing the prior record of 33 set in the 19th century.

In 2011, Governor Sandoval vetoed 28 bills, putting him in third place for vetoes by a Nevada Governor.

Much of the reason for the increase in vetoes can be traced to the fact that beginning in 2009 the Legislature was controlled by one party while the other party held the Governor’s Office.  That has only happened three times in the past 50 years (1967, 1979 and 1981).

So, has the Governor’s veto power been overused in the last few years, or has it been historically underutilized by Nevada Governors?   Or has the context of Nevada politics changed to the extent that cooperation and conciliation is less likely between opposing parties?

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