A north-central Iowa Republican legislator says he does not support the lawsuit filed by Republican legislative leaders challenging Democrat Governor Tom Vilsack’s authority to item veto tax cuts and regulatory reforms out of a bill that also created the new state economic development fund. Mason City representative Bill Schickel says he’s disappointed that House Speaker Christopher Rants of Sioux City and Senate Majority Leader Stewart Iverson of Dows are going ahead with the lawsuit.Schickel says the governor may have over-stepped his bounds by using the line-item veto, but Schickel favors legislators sitting down with the executive branch at the table instead of dealing with the issue in the courtroom.Schickel just completed his first year in the legislature after serving as Mason City’s mayor for nine years.
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