pocketveto

pocket-veto

[pok-it-vee-toh]
verb (used with object), pocket-vetoed, pocket-vetoing.
to veto (a bill) by exercising a pocket veto.
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An automatic veto of a bill that occurs if the president or governor neither signs nor vetoes a bill within ten days of receiving it — as long as the legislature adjourns during that period. If the legislature convenes during that period, the bill will automatically become law. A pocket veto cannot be overridden by the legislature, though the bill can be reintroduced at the next legislative session.

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