Governor Vetoes SB1 and SB148

Getting word that the Governor has officially vetoed SB1 and SB148.

The Governor’s reasoning is that it alters the power structure that currently resides in the Govenor’s office would be transferred to the legislature.

A representative of the 912 project points out that the Governor had no issues transfering power to the Governor’s office when he wanted to make the postions of State Schools Superintendent, Insurance Commisioner, Labor Commisioner, and Ag Commissioner a Governor appointment.

She also passes along that her group will be pushing for a veto override, rather than starting the legislative process over.


  1. ByteMe says:

    Perdue is possibly correct on this one narrow issue. It’s not up to the legislature to tell the governor how to present a proposed budget. It’s up to the legislature to create a budget. Let them do the work. If the legislature wants to do ZBB, they are free to do that now, right?

    Or am I reading the law differently than what it really says?

    • Chris says:

      My understanding is that without subpoena power, the legislature can’t demand that a department present the detailed budget. Given the general level of jackassary that comes from legislators now, giving them subpoena power is probably a bad idea.

    • Mozart says:

      The Legislature RULES the world! To heck with what Perdue, or any governor, feels about it!

  2. GOPwits says:

    The General Assembly should immediately convene itself and override the Governor’s vetoes on these two important issues.

    This is absolutely unacceptable. I do believe that every candidate for office now has a responsibility to show their conservative teeth and call out this action.

  3. debbie0040 says:

    why is anyone surprised? It is clear that since he is leaving office, he is going to quit masquerading as a conservative…

    Atlanta Tea Party, FreedomWorks Georgia and Georgia Tea Party Patriots will release an official statement. We will call on the Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House to over ride the veto and will ask candidates for the legislature to sign a pledge to vote to over ride the veto.

    • GOPwits says:

      This is where the Tea Party people need to be… Not endorsing candidates but raising the issues loudly and clearly…

    • GOPwits says:

      Let me add that if the Tea Party plays it right, it could become as strong and powerful as the Christian Coalition, but if it continues to endorse candidates, then it’s just another political organization out there playing games – granted one that has credibility, but not as strong as it could be… Does that make sense?

      • It would. Refer to Chris’s comment to you above. The main problem is the legislature has no way of finding how money is being spent so all you get is a department saying, “Last year we got X and spent it all. This year we need X + Y for our budget.”

        The budget committees can ask what that X is. SB 1 just allows them to ask the department to show them their work on how they got to the sum of X.

        In regards to 148, the key factor is simply review of departments created by the legislature as part of the executive branch.

        • ByteMe says:

          I thought that Perdue was doing program-based budgeting and not department-based…? Thought I read that somewhere.

        • mitchmartin says:

          Jason, if you truly believe this, then that says a lot about our legislature and the people running for to be in it. We havent been doing “X+Y” for three budgets now. If what you said were true, then how could $4 billion have been cut out of the budget over the past three years. Tis better to keep your mouth shut and keep ’em guessing, than to open it and remove all doubt.

  4. debbie0040 says:

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Julianne Thompson


    Atlanta, GA – Georgia Tea Party Patriots and FreedomWorks of Georgia call on the Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House to lead a veto override in January.

    “We are extremely disappointed that Governor Perdue decided to veto SB 1 nd SB 148.” said Tea Party Patriots State Coordinator Julianne Thompson. She continued, “Zero-based budgeting is the most important piece of legislation today for smaller government, and a more fiscally responsible Georgia. We call on the Lt. Governor and the Speaker of the House to lead in a veto overide of SB 1 in January, and show true leadership for the economic future of this state.”

    FreedomWorks of Georgia State Grassroots Coordinator Debbie Dooley added, “The Governor has yet again disappointed the citizens of Georgia by not only vetoing SB1 and SB 148, but the JOBS bill, as well. We call on all candidates running for office to sign a pledge to vote in favor of a veto override of SB1 – Zero based budgeting.”

    For more information, conytact Julianne Thompson at 404-798-4663.

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