Governor’s Post-Session Acts
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, May 22, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
For 40 days after the General Assembly adjourns for the year, the governor may exercise his power to veto bills of his choice. However, he cannot veto a proposed constitutional amendment or a bill to provide a new constitution, but he DOES have line-item veto over the budget.
Before signing next year’s $21.8 billion state budget May 11th, Governor Deal used his line-item veto to delete $809,900 that had been designated to build a seawall on Hutchinson Island in Savannah, because it did not meet constitutional requirements for state funding. Then, on May 12th he vetoed eleven bills.
Six of the vetoes concerned local governments, but S.B. 76 affected the entire state. It would have eliminated the current 15-inch height restriction on motorcycle handlebars. It was vetoed because that simple change would have allowed higher handlebars, although raising handle bars beyond 15 inches has proven to make cycles more difficult to control and steer. Last year’s statistics reveal that motorcycle and bicycle crashes accounted for 13 percent of fatalities on Georgia roads. The governor also vetoed two tax bills and one that would have created a separate agency for the Division of Aging Services. Continue reading