June 6, 2023
Gov. Joe Lombardo has set a new record for the most vetoes issued in a single legislative session, with the first-term Republican rejecting 75 bills passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature. That includes 43 vetoes issued the final day for Lombardo to sign or veto any bills passed during the regular legislative session before they would automatically become law at midnight.
With Democrats in control of the Legislature and a Republican in the governor’s office, it was only a matter of time before the vetoes started. Gov. Joe Lombardo has begun issuing vetoes in earnest ahead of the end of the state’s 120-day legislative session, striking down measures ranging from gun control bills to mental health care reforms and a medical debt collection change.