Governors have a limited but crucial role to play in the legislative process by choosing which bills to sign and which ones to veto. Some of the decisions made by Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte this term serve as useful examples of how a governor can wield this power to respect constitutional rights and individual liberties.
Governors generally ought to respect the legislature’s role as the primary policymaking branch, even when the legislature restricts the governor’s power. However, there are times when the legislature approves policy that limits individual liberties, and the governor must act to preserve those liberties.
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