FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear vetoed one House bill and one Senate bill Wednesday over concerns that the provisions in the bills would be too costly for the state to implement.
Beshear said he vetoed Senate Bill 143, a bill dealing with tax liens and other aspects of the state's uniform commercial code, because parts of the measure conflicted with federal law and would cause problems for county clerks, where tax liens are filed.
Beshear also vetoed House Bill 107, which would allow a legislative contract oversight committee to review more executive branch contracts. Currently, the committee reviews only a portion of the contracts the state enters into each year. Because the legislature passed Senate Bill 7, which requires more information about contracts to be posted online, HB 107 is not needed, Beshear said.
Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville and sponsor of HB 107, said he was disappointed Beshear vetoed the measure for the second year in a row. Beshear vetoed the bill last year over concerns that child support collection contracts by county attorneys would also be required to be reviewed by a legislative committee, possibly delaying the collection of child support. HB 107 exempted child support contracts.
Yonts said even though more information about government contracts are now available online, "it remains to be seen whether our committee will be able to review them."