Freudenthal Vetoes Bill

Cheyenne, WY – The Governor has vetoed his first bill of the session. In a letter to the Speaker of the House, Dave Freudenthal said he vetoed a bill that would change the way the Director of the Office of State Lands is selected. Currently the Governor makes the appointment, but the legislature tried to give that duty to all five top elected officials. In his letter, the Governor objected to addressing problems that might have occurred in the past, or could occur in the future. Speaker of the House Randall Luthi says the veto was not a big surprise because they are trying to make some changes in government. Luthi says he wants to speak with Senate President Grant Larson before they decide to whether to attempt a veto override. While they should have enough votes in the house, Luthi thinks they are about three votes short in the Senate.