The Latest: Ducey signs 40 remaining bills, vetoes 4
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the final legislation of the year acted upon by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (all times local):
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has taken action on the remaining bills from the Legislature’s 2019 session, signing 40 into law while using his veto stamp four times.
Friday’s vetoes included a bill that would have increased the daily expense pay lawmakers receive. Ducey said any pay increase shouldn’t affect current lawmakers but was open to considering a revised proposal next year.
The governor also vetoed legislation exempting batteries used for storing renewable energy. He says he wants to work with lawmakers on energy policy but that any tax cuts need to be part of a larger budget discussion.
Ducey signed a bill tightening rules for people paid to collect signatures for citizen initiatives strongly opposed by minority Democrats.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is waiting until the last minute to act on some controversial bills that passed in the final days of the legislative session that ended 10 days ago.
The Republican governor approved eight bills on Thursday, leaving him with 44 proposals to sign or veto before the midnight Saturday deadline to act.
Remaining legislation includes a proposal to more than triple the daily expense money lawmakers get during the session and one tightening rules for people paid to collect signatures for citizen initiatives.
He signed emergency legislation Thursday allowing a handful of Navajo Nation children to keep attending a private Christian school in New Mexico using state money for another year.
The governor then jetted to Denver for a conservative think tank’s summit and plans to return Friday.