Kitzhaber's first 2013 veto strikes emergency clause from bill

Kitzhaber's first 2013 veto strikes emergency clause from bill
Gov. John Kitzhaber.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber has used the veto for the first time in the 2013 legislative session.

He used his line-item veto authority to erase the emergency clause from a bill relating to taxation and local government bonds.

The clause would have allowed the bill to take effect July 1. Instead, it will take effect on Jan. 1.

Kitzhaber said in a letter Tuesday to Senate President Peter Courtney that he had no objection to the bill's substance, but the state constitution prohibits emergency clauses on tax bills.

In his first two terms as governor, Kitzhaber, a doctor, set a state record for vetoes and became known as "Dr. No."

In his third term, he's used the veto only one other time — on a 2011 measure he said was unconstitutional.

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