2014 Indiana General Assembly

Pence mum on possible vetoes

2014-03-20T13:25:00Z 2014-03-20T18:45:14Z Pence mum on possible vetoesBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence likely will ink up his veto stamp next week, but isn't yet saying which proposals approved by the General Assembly he might reject.

Recently asked by reporters if any of 224 measures that won passage in the legislative branch were under consideration for a veto by the executive, the Republican governor said, "There are. ... We'll keep you posted."

The bulk of those proposals -- 157 bills -- landed on Pence's desk Thursday, one week after the Republican-controlled Legislature adjourned for the year.

Pence, who is on vacation this week, has until March 27 to decide for each of those items whether to sign it into law, veto it or allow it to become law without his signature.

Legislation awaiting action by the governor runs the gamut from restrictions on municipal rental property inspections (House Enrolled Act 1403) to new rules for feral cats living in mobile home parks (House Enrolled Act 1199), as well as the pilot preschool program (House Enrolled Act 1004) and highway funding (House Enrolled Act 1004) sought by Pence.

Most measures approved on the final day of the legislative session, including funding to help extend the South Shore Line to Dyer (Senate Enrolled Act 367), probably will go to the governor next week.

Pence already has signed 29 proposals into law, among them a plan lifting a nearly 70-year ban on alcohol sales at the Indiana State Fair (Senate Enrolled Act 339).

Last year, his first as governor, Pence vetoed three measures -- a retroactive income tax increase in two counties and two proposals to more strictly regulate occupational qualifications. He allowed the Cloverdale food and beverage tax to become law without his signature.

The General Assembly easily overrode his income tax veto during a one-day meeting last June. Lawmakers respected Pence's other vetoes.

A simple majority vote by both the House and Senate is all that's needed to override the governor's veto and enact a law without his approval.

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