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Harter vetoes committee of the whole amendment

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LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN (WXOW)—Mayor Matt Harter vetoed the city council's decision to eliminate the Committee of the Whole for the first three months of 2013.

The mayor says he vetoed the resolution because it would limit the public's ability to be heard on city issues.

The measure initially passed the full council by a vote of 12 to 5. Supporters say the Committee of the Whole is unnecessary and repetitive of the process of the full council. Those supporters also say the full council can hold public hearings. However Harter says the committee of the whole makes the process more efficient.

"The proposed change will provide for less public input, will be one less meeting that the public can stand up and speak to the full common council in a public hearing format," Harter said. "I don't think that is a good change or an improvement."

The council could override the mayor's veto and would succeed if the 12 to 5 vote holds.

This is the 28th mayoral veto. So far, the council overrode all but six of them.

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