Oregon Constitution – Governor’s Veto Power

The Oregon Constitution grants the Governor line-item veto power in certain instances. The Governor has the power to veto single items in budget bills and in any bill with an emergency clause. Such line item, or single issue, veto does not affect other provisions of the bill. This sometimes explains why a bill has an emergency clause when it doesn’t appear to need to go into force so quickly.

The Oregon Constitution was approved by a vote of the people on November 9th 1857. This was two years before Oregon was admitted into the Union of the United State as a state on February 14th 1859. Therefore the Constitution went into effect on February 14th 1859, two years after it was adopted by people living in the Oregon Territory.