Oklahoma governor vetoes first bills, signs dozens more

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has vetoed his first bill, rejecting a proposal sent to him by fellow Republicans to create a new 14-member panel meant to study home-based services.

Stitt late Tuesday issued a veto message for the bill to create the Oklahoma Home- and Community-Based Services Ombudsman Task Force. The bill directed the group to study the issue, compile data and make recommendations to the governor and Legislature.

Stitt says he supports the concept of helping recipients of this kind of care but wants to address it through “more direct and effective means.”

The bill was sponsored by fellow Republicans Rep. Carol Bush of Tulsa and Greg McCortney of Ada.

Stitt already has signed 77 bills into law so far during his first legislative session.

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