Ehrlich vetoes 8 bills OK'd by Assembly

None of them generated much debate in session


Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. vetoed eight bills yesterday, none of which generated significant debate during this year's legislative session.

The governor rejected bills creating a citizens advisory committee for the proposed Red Line expansion to Baltimore's Metro system; making the state Labor Relations Board independent of the executive branch; establishing a monitoring program for certain prescription drugs; and allowing courts to exempt parolees from monthly supervision fees.

Earlier this year, Ehrlich vetoed some of the most hotly contested bills in the legislative session, such as measures to fire the members of the Public Service Commission and to establish early voting poll locations.

Those bills created a sharp partisan divide in the General Assembly, and legislators voted to override Ehrlich on several of them before they left Annapolis for the year.

The bills Ehrlich vetoed yesterday generated relatively little debate during the legislative session, and none received more than a handful of nay votes.

Because it is an election year, the legislature will not have the chance to attempt override votes unless it reconvenes for a special session.

Yesterday, Ehrlich also announced that more than 125 bills would go into effect without his signature. Democrats said that such a large number of bills taking effect without the signature of the executive is a departure from past practice by this administration and others when nearly all bills were either signed or vetoed.

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