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Pence Vetoes Two Bills He Says ‘Restrict Competition’

The governor has until Saturday to make decisions on 95 bills.

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Governor Mike Pence signs his first bill into law on Feb. 27, 2013.

Governor Mike Pence vetoed two bills Wednesday he says create barriers and restrict competition. House bill 1242 would have required a state license for diabetes educators and Senate bill 273 would have required licenses for anesthesiologist assistants and dietitians and state certifications for music therapists. Pence says although he was willing to sign legislation that would open new opportunities for employment and streamlines existing practices and procedures, these bills did not accomplish those criteria.

The governor has until Saturday to make decisions on 95 bills. Democratic officeholders have lobbied Pence to veto the Marion County bill, which would enhance the powers of the mayor of Indianapolis and abolish the four Democratic-held at-large seats on the City-County Council.

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