Governor backs GOP plan to give her office more veto power

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo is getting behind a Republican-backed plan to give the Rhode Island governor more veto authority to control state spending.

Raimondo sent a letter Thursday to the House Finance Committee.

Her support came before a hearing on legislation that would ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment allowing line-item vetoes.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says 44 states allow governors to veto items in appropriations bills without having to veto the entire bill.

Republican House Minority Leader Brian Newberry introduced the bill but it’s rare for GOP-sponsored measures to get far in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.

Raimondo has previously supported the idea of a line-item veto.

Her more vocal support Thursday follows growing scrutiny over lawmakers awarding grants to organizations with which they have close ties.

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