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Henry vetoes 22 bills, signs 43 others

Henry vetoes 22 bills, signs 43 others

Journal Record
By Sean Murphy
Associated Press
Posted: 11:22 PM Friday, June 11, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY – In his final round of action on pending legislation, Democratic Gov. Brad Henry on Friday vetoed 22 separate bills, including a measure that would have created an energy stabilization fund to reduce the volatility of state revenue collections.

Henry, who is completing his second and final term in office, said he supported the fund’s concept, but that in the last-minute rush of the 2010 legislative session, the bill contained “numerous technical errors.”

“The next Legislature should revisit this concept and carefully draft legislation that can be implemented without question or concern,” Henry said in his veto message.

State law prevents Henry from running for re-election after two terms.

With much of Oklahoma’s budget woes this year attributable to a steep drop in energy prices, the energy stabilization fund was a top priority of House Speaker Chris Benge, a Tulsa Republican. The bill passed the Legislature with bipartisan support... FULL ARTICLE


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