INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence issued his first vetoes Wednesday, rejecting two measures requiring licensing for certain health care jobs.
"Lower taxes and less regulation, including fewer licensing requirements, will mean more jobs for Hoosiers," Pence said in a statement. "I am vetoing these licensing bills, because I believe they create barriers to the marketplace for Hoosiers and restrict competition."
Senate Enrolled Act 273, co-sponsored by state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, would have required anesthesiologist assistants, dietitians and music therapists be licensed by the state and prohibited Hoosiers without a license from practicing those professions.
House Enrolled Act 1242 also would have required diabetes educators to be licensed.
The first-year Republican governor said state employment licensing "exploded" under former Gov. Mitch Daniels, also a Republican. Pence believes the Republican-controlled Legislature should be removing barriers to employment, not creating new ones.
"I will continue to work with members of the General Assembly as we pursue efforts to reduce red tape and reform licensing in Indiana, because less regulation will mean more jobs for Hoosiers," he said.
Both measures were approved by wide margins in the House and Senate. A simple majority vote in each chamber is all that's needed to override the governor's vetoes and enact the laws without his approval.