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May 6, 2014

Veto pen

OKLAHOMA CITY —

“The pen is the tongue of the mind.”  — Horace 
 House attention last week was focused on conference committees and on the slew of bills the governor vetoed. Consequently, the House started its Wednesday afternoon session with acceptance and rejection of Senate amendments to several House bills, and ended with the first successful override vote in the House on one of Governor Fallin’s vetoes.
Vetoed Legislation
 Governor Fallin emptied her ink pen last Tuesday vetoing 15 House measures she described as redundant, inconsequential, or bad public policy. While she characterized all of the vetoed bills in a negative light, some did address serious concerns.
 House Bill 3417 was an important bill that passed both the House and the Senate with no dissenting votes. It contained legislation to protect the civil rights of citizens by preventing the outsourcing of law enforcement duties to people or companies that do not hold commissions in Oklahoma or are not CLEET certified.
 House Bill 2609 was legislation to help college students and other persons clear their record that might interfere with them obtaining a job or supporting their family. The bill would have cut in half the amount of time that must elapse before a person charged with a low-level misdemeanor can file to have his/her criminal record erased: from two years after completion of the deferred sentence, to one year. 
 House Bill 3457 was a bill to enable counties and municipalities to contract with each other for better efficiency on joint projects such as road and street improvements.
 House Bill 3158 relates to restricted driver’s licenses for applicants under the age of 18. Currently the application must contain a number of signatures, including the notarized signature of a parent or guardian. This bill would allow the parent or guardian to sign an alternative affidavit in the event it is not possible for the parent to sign the original application.

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