Gov. Rick Perry on Friday picked off a few high-profile bills relating to higher education oversight, guns in schools and equal pay provisions but otherwise exercised a light touch with his veto pen.
In advance of Sunday’s veto deadline, Perry released a roster of 24 bills that he had struck down from among the 1,437 that reached his desk. Before Friday, Perry had vetoed two bills.
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Gov. Rick Perry vetoed 24 bills Friday and eliminated individual items within the budget bills. The vetoes include:
- $29 million in general revenue spending, mostly for higher education projects.
- $325 million in bonding authority to construct two state office buildings. It would have been the first construction in the Capitol complex since 2000.
- Constraints on oversight from boards of regents of the state’s university systems.
- Limits on sugary drinks in public schools, which Perry said would restrict “access to such innocuous beverages as 2 percent milk.”
- Exemptions from state assessments and accountability for certain high-performing school districts.
- Changes to truancy enforcement aimed at keeping students out of court.
Equal pay legislation extending the period of time during which plaintiffs may bring pay discrimination lawsuits.
School safety measures that included state-paid training to properly arm school employees.