One of the highlights of the just-completed veto session in the Illinois General Assembly was when lawmakers overrode Gov. Pat Quinn’s amendatory veto of a bill regarding mail order sales of ammunition.
Now, if Quinn simply had chosen to veto the legislation, he would have been within his rights. Even if he simply had used his amendatory veto powers to make some technical adjustments to the bill’s provisions, that would have fallen under the traditional definition of the amendatory veto.
But Quinn did something radical. He tried to rewrite the bill to make it into gun-control legislation, which was never the intention of the legislation’s sponsors.