Iowa governor blocks bill aimed at stopping anti-Trump suits

May 22, 2019 - 11:22 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has vetoed a measure that Republican lawmakers pushed through in the final days of the legislative session to stop the state's Democratic attorney general from filing or joining lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump's policies.

The measure Reynolds vetoed Wednesday was targeted at stopping Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller from joining multistate lawsuits filed against the federal government. Republicans argued Miller had sued Trump too much.

The proposal would have required the attorney general to get the permission from the governor, legislature or state executive council before filing any out-of-state court action. Iowa would have been the only state in the nation to approve such limits.

Reynolds says she wanted to be cautious about changing the attorney general's duties and noted he was elected by voters.

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