Governor Exercises Veto Power

Governor Earl Ray Tombln has vetoed three more bills from the most recent legislative session. Police officers at West Virginia's Division of Natural Resources won't see a tax break based on their pensions, for one. The Legislature approved exempting their retirement benefits from income taxes this session, but the governor vetoed the measure Friday over concerns about special tax treatment for a small group. Also Friday, the governor vetoed a bill that aimed to allow additional borrowing by a courthouse renovation fund. Tomblin questioned whether the fund had sufficient revenues for such long-term debt. The other vetoed bill sought to streamline a health sciences college scholarship program while also changing oversight for the state's Center for Nursing. That violates a rule limiting a bill to one topic.