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Veto season is just beginning (EDITORIAL)

Veto season is just beginning (EDITORIAL)


The Oklahoma Editorials

Published: May 1, 2010
Modified: April 30, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Frank Keating vetoed 302 bills as governor of Oklahoma, an average of 37.75 vetoes for each of the eight legislative sessions that took place during Keating’s two terms.

His successor has a long way to go to top that average, but it doesn’t seem to be for lack of trying. Most of the news carrying Brad Henry’s name these days is about him signing or killing a bill — mostly the latter, it would seem.

Henry issued an average of 10 vetoes per session in his first six years of office. With Republicans controlling the Legislature during the governor’s final two years, the veto count was bound to rise. It has.

The governor vetoed 21 bills last year, a record for him. None were overridden. This session, the governor has already suffered an override on an abortion bill... FULL ARTICLE

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