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Governor Vents in Signings and Vetoes

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 10, 2011

In a recent veto message, Brown called one G.O.P. lawmaker's state parks bill "a good idea but not one that needs a law".  He went on to say what parks really need is sufficient funding to stay open.  He noted in a signing message that a bill had had strong bi-partisan support and said he wished such spirit could be applied to creating clean energy jobs.  Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton isn't amused with the messages directed at members of his party.

 "Well… Sometimes I think sometimes they're a little too cute.  You could always do a counterpoint to some of the things he has indicated."

Some Democrats have also been on the receiving end of the more pointed messages.  In one, vetoing a bill that would have required helmets for children when they skiied, Brown said "not every human problem deserves a law."

U.S.C. Political Analyst Dan Schnur says bill signing is a grueling effort and suggests that one should cut the Governor some slack.  Schnur was also spokesman for former Governor Pete Wilson.

 "It's a lot of work to do, it's an isolating job and it's gotta be done in a very short time period, so no question that any Governor of either party gets tired and gets frustrated and wants to vent a little bit…"

Some lawmakers on the receiving end of such messages that we contacted opted not to comment on them.  They were in some cases still waiting for actions on their other measures.




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