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Senate set to vote on limiting vetoes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate is planning to vote on a constitutional amendment that would eliminate an unusual veto power afforded the state's governor.

The amendment up for a vote Tuesday would prevent the governor from increasing or cutting spending on individual budget items. Instead, a governor could only veto or approve the spending as it is passed by the Legislature.

Gov. Jim Doyle used the power in the most recent budget to cut spending for several minor grants and programs.

The amendment has a long way to go before it would take effect.

It must pass the Legislature twice and win approval from voters before being added to the constitution.

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