"Absent any additional appropriations from the Legislature, I believe the potential long-term funding issues facing the authority outweigh the positive attributes of this bill," Tomblin stated in his veto message.
Tomblin also vetoed two bills because of technical errors within the measures.
One of those (HB2738) would have doubled the amount of funding the state Center on Nursing dedicates to student loans and scholarships. Tomblin said he vetoed the bill because it violated a constitutional provision that says a bill may address only one issue.
The Senate Education Committee amended the bill by inserting the provisions of another bill (SB648), which would have authorized the Higher Education Policy Commission to provide forgivable loans to health sciences students who agree to work in underserved areas of the state after graduation.
Also vetoed for technical errors was a bill (SB21) that would have required employees of health-care providers to wear identification badges. The bill cited the wrong section of state code.
Tomblin had until midnight Saturday to act on the 216 bills passed during the 2013 regular legislative session. The governor signed all other bills into law, and also signed all five bills passed during a two-day special session April 17 and 18.
Those included bills to give pay raises to magistrates and staff from smaller counties (SB1003) and to authorize a sales tax increment financing district for a major economic development project outside of Morgantown (SB2001).
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