Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Gov. Stitt issues first veto, nixing new task force

Governor Kevin Stitt has issued the first veto of his tenure, disapproving House Bill 1205, which passed the House by a vote of 91 to 4, and the Senate by a vote of 41 to 4. The measure was authored by Rep. Carol Bush (R[INO], Tulsa) and Sen. Greg McCortney (R-Ada), and would have created the Oklahoma Home and Community-Based Services Ombudsman Program Task Force.

Gov. Stitt's veto message, posted above, indicated his preference to address in-home and community-based care issues through existing state agencies rather than the creation of yet another task force.

Of note, the handful of legislators who voted against the measure and seemingly agreed with Stitt's assessment all belong to the conservative wing of the legislative GOP.


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