Governor vetoes bills to simplify taxes, allow guns on college campuses

2013-05-06T18:45:00Z 2014-10-19T08:07:31Z Governor vetoes bills to simplify taxes, allow guns on college campuses missoulian.com

HELENA – Unlike former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Gov. Steve Bullock didn’t have a ceremony in front of the Capitol to symbolically veto bills with specially made branding irons.

Bullock didn’t need a ceremony.

Using his pen instead of a branding iron, Bullock showed Monday he is no slouch in vetoing bills. On Monday he rejected a number of bills dealing with taxes, guns, bison and other subjects.

Most of the bills vetoed by the Democratic governor were those sponsored by Republicans, but Bullock also rejected bills by a couple of Democrats.

Through Monday, Bullock had vetoed 71 bills outright. That’s second only to Schweitzer’s 78 in 2011, which was the highest total for a Montana governor since at least 1973-74.

The latest totals from his office show Bullock also has signed 387 bills into law. He let 19 bills become law without his signature, with 10 more coming Tuesday. He signed three line-item vetoes.

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Some of the bills vetoed by Bullock on Monday included:

• Senate Bill 394 by Sen. Art Wittich, R-Bozeman, which would have provided a one-time, 5 percent, $47 million reduction in individual income taxes.

• SB282 by Sen. Bruce Tutvedt, R-Kalispell, which would have simplified Montana’s individual income taxes and lower the rates and lower corporate income tax rates, mostly by eliminating a number of tax credits, exemptions and deductions.

• SB81 by Sen. Dave Lewis, R-Helena, which would have provided tax credits to donors to to scholarship organizations for private schools.

• House Bill 240 by Rep. Cary Smith, R-Billings, which would have allowed students to have guns on college campuses.

• HB205 by Rep. Krayton Kerns, R-Laurel, which would have allowed hunters to use sound-suppression devices on firearms.

• SB305 by Sen. Jim Peterson, R-Buffalo, which would have revised the definition of wild bison to limit their movement.

• SB256 by Sen. Eric Moore, R-Miles City, which would have held the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks liable for any private property damage caused by wild bison.

• HB265 by Rep. Steve Fitzpatrick, R-Great Falls, which would have revised campaign finance laws.

• HB297 by Rep. David Howard, R-Park City, which would have made it illegal for employers to hire people who entered the country illegally.

• HB118 by Rep. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip, which would have required the state Board of Oil and Gas Conservation to administer a grant program for oil and gas impacts.

• HB100 by Rep. Ron Ehli, R-Hamilton, which would have created a Medicaid pay-for-performance pilot project.

• HB408 by Rep. Mike Miller, R-Helmville, which would have reduced the property tax rate for certain existing mandatory air and water pollution control equipment.

• SB240 by Tutvedt, which would have exempted certain new air and water pollution control equipment, or that placed into service after Jan. 1, 2012, from property taxes.

• SB401 by Sen. Jon Sesso, D-Butte, which would have decreased the allocation of proceeds from the metalliferous mines license tax targeted for the general fund and redirected that money to hard-rock mining companies.

• HB188 by Rep. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, which would have prohibited the Public Service Commission from approving rate schedules for certain small power producers and setting guidelines between small power production facilities and utilities.

• HB535 by Rep. Jerry Bennett, R-Libby, which would have revised laws relating to cabin and home sites on state lands by clarifying that owners of these improvements maintain their ownership until the lots are re-leased or sold or the improvements are sold.

• HB633 by Ehli, which would have created another select committee on efficiency in government as the 2011 Legislature did.

Missoulian State Bureau reporter Charles S. Johnson can be reached at (406) 447-4066 or by email at chuck.johnson@lee.net.

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  1. swimwfishes
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    swimwfishes - May 15, 2013 8:44 am
    Perhaps Bullock likes to sleep at night. Texas allows guns on campus and a campus in North Dallas has had two shootings where innocents caught in crossfire have been shot. College kids keeping guns in dorm rooms is not a good idea.
  2. JacksonB
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    JacksonB - May 07, 2013 6:18 pm
    Federal Law is supreme over state law? That is unless is applies to pot, then the state is suppose to rein over Federal Law!
  3. idiot state
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    idiot state - May 07, 2013 5:34 pm
    Keep the guns off campus, but let the drug dealers have free rein there. And be sure not to lower or streamline the taxes there for individuals or those big bad corporations. Keep Montana the most impoverished state in the region. Montana's GDP per capita is roughly 44th in the nation. Be sure to veto any bills that might change that or begin to move the state in the right direction. Keep the union control on government and schools, the sloppy elections and illegal campaign laws, and you'll stay on the same ol' track...
  4. dsrobins
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    dsrobins - May 07, 2013 2:13 pm
    Once again, the decent people of Montana owe Governor Bullock a big "thank you" for vetoing this insane gun goon bill passed by the late and unlamented Republican/tea bagger controlled legislature. We need to make big changes to that body in the 2014 elections.
  5. elkguy
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    elkguy - May 07, 2013 11:39 am
    If some crazy shoots a bunch of students on a campus that blood will be on Bullock's hands, as well as all the crybaby liberals that think it's the guns that are evil and the shooter is just mentally unstable.
  6. yunfei
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    yunfei - May 07, 2013 11:06 am
    The campus carry gun bill applied ONLY to those who already possessed concealed carry permits. To get this permit, one has to take a day of training, pass a test and undergo an FBI backgrouond check. As usual, the Liberals totally misrepresent what the bill would allow. And, we dont want to make it difficult fo illegals to take Montana jobs, do we? As for tax relief, where is that $400 the governor promised to property owners. Instead, he vetoes an income tax refund . Thanks, Bullock. You are proving to be the Liberal left wing Democrat we knew you were , which is why you are a MINORITY governor. Congratulations to the Republican legislature for giving some of our tax dollars back.
  7. old farmer
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    old farmer - May 07, 2013 11:03 am
    He is afraid of one of the mighty GRIZZ getting shot while pulling off a Rape or assault.
  8. Roger
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    Roger - May 07, 2013 7:53 am
    He also vetoed a bill that would have outlawed hiring persons who entered the country illegally.
    Typical Democrat - antigun and pro-illegal immigration.
  9. smarterthanwalter
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    smarterthanwalter - May 07, 2013 7:15 am
    Walter. If you knew what you were talking about you'd know that allowing guns on college would violate federal law which is supreme over state law and thus another stupid lawsuit would cost us millions. That's what the stupid party is all about.
  10. Pistol
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    Pistol - May 07, 2013 7:08 am
    You agree with all the vetos? What for example is wrong with eliiminating tax loop holes, and reducing state taxes? What about protecting private property rights? He showed he is against protecting personal property rights, and tax reform. I do agree with some of his vetos.
  11. Still Here
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    Still Here - May 07, 2013 6:55 am
    Just thing if old Mr. Hill would have been elected. There could have been a big number of new Noise makers except that Kern's silencers would have quited it down a little. I wish these idiots would just go away but I am afraid they will be back.
  12. walter12
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    walter12 - May 07, 2013 6:42 am
    Yes, it is true, your Governor had immense pressure on him to veto the university gun bill. There were many leftist Washington DC groups hounding him day and night. But then again, he is a Dem and follows his master Obama's wishes. When one attends UM, they give up all rights as a US citizen, in so many ways.
  13. MiddleFinger
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    MiddleFinger - May 06, 2013 9:45 pm

    Aw man! I was so looking forward to strutting around campus with my .45 just doing a little 2A self protection from my boogieman-of-the-day.

    Won't be a lot of protest on this Veto, you know, with all the GOP doing the grind with the NRA down in Bushlandia.

    But like I always say, if you want college kids to carry, then you got to let em pack heat in high school so they get used to it. And it wouldn't hurt to stick a gun shop or two on campus, maybe next to the copy shop or expresso stand. If that's asking too much, perhaps ther bookstore could carry a few options. Nothing fancy, maybe just rugers and glocks. None of that South American junk.
  14. Amabo
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    Amabo - May 06, 2013 7:05 pm
    Thank God we have an intelligent, courageous governor who had the good sense to do what's right! Thank YOU, Governor Bullock!!!
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