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Let's visit Gubernatorial vetoes. I know. For most of you who pay attention it's just a relief that the
2017 session is over. Best to be done with it. I don't blame you.
Let's start with collective bargaining and AB271 (along with AB290 & SB356 which he also vetoed). These three were
passed by the Democrats with no Republican support at all. In his veto the Governor pointed out that they all sought
to eliminate the reforms passed in 2015 (SB241) with overwhelming bi-partisan support.:
SB384 - This bill sought to seriously restrict the public's right to know the pension information of government employees
under the Public Employee Retirement system. I'll let Governor Sandoval speak for himself:
There is a faction in Nevada that is determined to make the wall of separation between government and the people bigger than it already is. If you are just a private citizen outside the privileged world of government this veto should be important to you.
SB469 - Another "wall-builder." This one sought to reduce the 25% ending balance "rainy day fund" which was passed with bi-partisan support in 2015. Objective: less money to protect against an economic downturn; more money on the table for pay raises. Good veto.
AB382 - Have you or anyone you know ever been hit with "surprise billing"? It happens in an emergency when the patient winds up in an "out of network" facility. This can be very, very expensive and AB382 was an attempt to provide a solution. Governor Sandoval pointed out the bill would disrupt the balance in the healthcare market forcing hospitals and physicians to accept below market payments and could push doctors out of Nevada adding to our already critical doctor shortage. It seemed like every physician and hospital association opposed the bill.
The Governor stated that even some supporters "expressed worries about the unintended consequences of AB382 and concerns about the legislation being being the right solution to the problem." The Governor stated he might issue and Executive Order to study it in the interim. Therefore he vetoed the bill.
We've been given a remarkable political system and the Veto is another example of the brilliance of our republican (small "r") structure.
* Paraphrase of the circa 1931 song “Yes, Yes, My Baby said Yes, Yes instead of No, No”. -VWP