INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Mike Pence exercised his veto pen Wednesday. The governor rejected two bills passed by the General Assembly.
They are both licensing bills and the governor believes that professional licensing, at least some of it, amounts to unnecessary government regulation.
"I am vetoing these licensing bills," he said, "because I believe they create barriers to the marketplace for Hoosiers and restrict competition."
The bills applied to diabetes educators, dieticians, and music therapists, among others. It's the continuation of a philosophy that Pence spelled out on his first day in office in January. That's when he signed a number of executive orders including one meant to limit state regulations.
"I'm signing an executive order to establish a moratorium on new regulations," he said at the time, "in an effort to cut red tape."
"I want to make sure that we're putting the best interests of the people of Indiana first," Pence said Tuesday with regard to his philosophy on using the veto pen.
The governor is still mulling over the possibility of vetoing the bill that would eliminate 4 at-large seats on the City County Council.
Meantime, in Indiana a governor's veto can be overridden by a simple majority vote in the General Assembly and one of those licensing bills passed the state Senate on a 46-to-3 vote.
The sponsor, GOP Senator Pat Miller, told 24-Hour News 8 she will consult fellow Republicans before she decides her next move.
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