PoliGraph: GOP claim on Dayton vetoes rings true

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As the 2012 legislative session comes to a close, Senate Republicans are taking stock of which bills became law, and which stalled in Gov. Mark Dayton’s office.

Senate Republicans say that the majority of the bills Dayton has vetoed this year were bipartisan.

“Fact: 86% of Dayton’s vetoed bills have been bipartisan,” says a flyer being floated by the caucus.

Fact: The Senate GOP gets this claim right.

The Evidence

As of May 10, Dayton had vetoed 30 bills. Of those, 26 had bipartisan support.

The remaining four, which included a bill that would have allowed the state to suspend federal health care laws and regulations and a bill that would allow the state to contract waste services without determining whether state employees can do it, had only Republican support.

In some cases, such as a bill that dealt with annuity products regulation and a bill that would have prohibited the Commissioner of Education from enforcing unadopted rules, the legislation had broad DFL support in one or both chambers.

In other cases, support was narrow; five of the bills Dayton vetoed had only two DFL supporters. But such instances were in the minority.

The Verdict

Though it’s important to note that the GOP takes a narrow view of the meaning of “bipartisan” in a few cases, it’s true that 86 percent of the bills Dayton has vetoed so far this year had some support from both sides of the aisle.

This claim leans toward accurate.


Scribd, Dayton Vetoes Bipartisan Bills, May 10, 2012

Minnesota Legislature, Veto Details: 2012, Gov. Mark Dayton, accessed May 10, 2012

E-mail exchange, Susan Closmore, Senate Republican Caucus, May 10, 2012

  • Rick

    I’m having a hard time deciphering the point of this claim. Would they prefer he only vetoes bills with support from one side? I think it’s important for a Governor to be more inclined to veto than not to when he doesn’t agree with the policy. Sen. Senjem made a comment after the veto of the Republican Tax bill (which most democratic Governors facing a budget crisis would have vetoed) about Gov. Dayton’s use of his red veto pen not being a good way to get things done. Part of a good Executive office holder’s job is to prevent policies that are bad for their constituents. Furthermore, this tax bill technically had bipartisan support, which according to the GOP’s logic, should have made it automatically signable. So what is their claim exactly? It seems what they are getting at is that Dayton doesn’t like to work with legislators. To me, it says that he is cautious and isn’t inclined to use partisan support as a basis for his own support. This is a completely non-sensical attack that indicates, to me, the same partisan tactics about the GOP that they have been claiming about Mark Dayton since his election in 2010.

  • emme

    Dayton stalled on a bi-partisan bill that was not backed by his union supporter (the union contributed funds towards his election campaign) but had the support of the professional community and organizations, such as those individuals who the union claims to represent.