In a signing mood
|Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has spent much of 2006 reaching across the aisle to Democrats on legislation.|
Greenhouse gases. Minimum wage. Perscription drugs. Infrastructure bonds. They've been all over the news.
Well, his ratio of signed to vetoed bills--all of which must pass out of the Democrat-dominated Legislature--continue to bear out that trend.
Today, Schwarzenegger announced that he was signing 28 bills, 14 of which are Democrat-authored, 13 of which GOP-written and one committee bill. So far this year, Schwarzenegger has taken action on 338 bills, signing 327 and vetoing 11.
That's only a 3.25 percent veto ratio.
Compare that to last year, when a more conservative, special-election calling Schwarzenegger angered many Democrats in the Legislature and vetoed many more bills.
As of early October last year, Schwarzenegger had signed 729 bills and vetoed 232, for a 24.14 percent veto rate--almost eight times this year's pace.