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Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vetoed 126 bills during the 2021-22 legislative session — a record number, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau. He vetoed 20 bills during the 2019-20 session. 

Some of the measures would made voting requirements more strict, banned COVID-19 vaccine mandates and expanded the private school voucher program. 

Along with vetoing 126 bills, Evers issued 50 partial vetoes of the 2021-23 biennial budget bill passed by Wisconsin lawmakers. Evers axed an additional interchange for the Interstate-41 project, limits to security spending for Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and other measures.

Evers vetoed the most bills in one session in modern Wisconsin history, the bureau said. The next highest number of single-session vetoes was 90 by Gov. Fred Zimmerman in 1927. 

Republicans did not gain a two-thirds supermajority in November, which would have allowed them to override Evers’ vetoes. But it’s still possible if enough Democratic lawmakers are absent.


AP News: Evers vetoes Republican bills on schools, COVID-19

PBS Wisconsin: Evers Signs Wisconsin’s 2021-23 Budget with 50 Partial Vetoes

Wisconsin State Legislature: Veto Messages

Wisconsin Public Radio: Gov. Tony Evers vetoed these bills. They could be reconsidered if Tim Michels is elected governor

Wisconsin State Legislature: Governor’s Veto Message: Assembly Bill 68

Wisconsin State Journal: Short of an outright supermajority, Republicans could still override Gov. Tony Evers

DocumentCloud: Bills Enacted and Bills Vetoed: Legislative Reference Bureau

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Hope Karnopp joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism major and is pursuing certificates in public policy and environmental studies at UW-Madison. Hope previously covered state politics as an intern for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also works with the Daily Cardinal and hosts a radio segment about campus news for WORT-FM, which has been recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club.