Sam Penrod Reporting Today was the deadline for Governor Huntsman to sign the more than 300 bills passed by the legislature and the governor put his veto power to three bills today.
There were no real surprises today, a couple of the vetoes were more of a formality, but the governor did veto the so called Ritalin bill that would have restricted school teachers from making suggestions to parents about help for disruptive children.
House Bill 42, officially known as the "Medical Recommendations for Children" bill, was meant to keep school teachers from telling parents about serious behavioral problems. But the governor saw it differently and was uncomfortable in prohibiting teachers from giving parents observations they have about students and suggesting possible screening or even treatments. That veto aside the Governor's staff calls the legislative session productive.
Michael Mower, Governor's Senior Staff: "We felt it was a really good first session, we think the state is poised for great things, working closely with the legislative leadership and the citizens. We are really pleased with a great start to Governor Huntsman's administration."
Today the governor signed a total of 13 bills. Overall the governor signed 330 bills passed by the legislature. The bills will all officially become law in by July 1st.