State Government and Government & Economic Development and Mike Pence and Government

Pence vetoes license bills for dietitians, others

May 8, 2013

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has vetoed his first legislation since taking office in January, rejecting two bills with new licensing requirements.

Pence vetoed a bill requiring licenses for diabetes educators and a measure creating new license requirements for anesthesiologist assistants and dietitians, as well as state certification for music therapists.

Pence says he vetoed the bills because he believes Indiana needs fewer, not more, licensing requirements. He says the two bills "create barriers" and don't meet his standard of licensing legislation that opens up new employment opportunities or streamlines existing practices and procedures.

Indiana's lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene June 12 to consider overriding Pence's vetoes. A simple majority is needed in both the House and Senate to override a veto.

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