Governor’s use of power not consistent

The Iowa Legislature’s medical cannabidiol bill was vetoed by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Doing so she says she’s protecting Iowans from excessive amounts of THC. However, the governor’s political reasoning using a veto to overrule the legislature is not consistent.

Restoring all ex-felon’s voting rights is a position Gov. Reynolds supports. Yes, she could restore those with an executive order; nevertheless, the governor says she believes the peoples’ legislature should undertake the change, not the governor. Yet in further evidence of her contradictory rationale, the governor vetoed a legislative bill that would have limited the powers of Iowa’s Attorney General.

The above executive acts reveal Gov. Reynolds plays to optics rather than being transparent for public scrutiny. Proceeding into the future, we need to judge what the governor does, not what she says before or after.


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