The Governor's Vetoes and Bill Signings: Tracking the Numbers

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 16, 2006

In 2006 Governor Schwarzenegger signed 910 bills and vetoed 262.  Over the last 3 years, he’s vetoed 20-25% of the bills that reached his desk.   Peter Detwiler with the Senate local government committee has tracked the stats back to the 1960’s. 

 “Arnold  Schwarzenegger has vetoed almost as many bills in his three years in office as Ronald Reagan did in 8 years.”

Political Science Professor Thad Kousser at UC San Diego says that’s telling – especially this year: 

 “And we see that Governor Schwarzenegger has continued to veto a lot of the legislature’s bills this year.  That paints a picture of Governor Schwarzenegger that looks very different from the signing ceremonies of the high profile bills."

The number of bills reaching the Governor’s desk has decreased since the 60’s.  Detwiler says that may be in part due to limits on how many bills lawmakers can introduce – and in part to what he calls more political friction.