Indiana legislators sent a bill to Governor Eric Holcomb's desk that would limit the governor's power to issue executive orders.
On Friday, Governor Holcomb vetoed the bill saying a key part of it is unconstitutional. The bill would give more power to state legislators to intervene during emergencies through establishing new protocol for the General Assembly to call itself into an emergency session.
The state constitution, however, gives the governor, not the legislature, the authority to call a special session. Hoosier Republicans pushed the bill after months of criticism over COVID-19 restrictions Holcomb put in place via executive orders during the pandemic.
Lawmakers can still override Governor Holcomb's veto during this session. In order for that to happen, it would require a simple majority vote in both chambers.