Dayton vetoes four more, signs 22

Gov. Mark Dayton continued his brisk, post-session veto pace today by rejecting four more bills.

Dayton vetoed legislation to roll back restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions by energy utilities, the Game and Fish bill, the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act and a bill modifying who is eligible to be represented by a public defender.

In his veto letter for the emissions bill, Dayton wrote that “Minnesota must continue on a path of progress to a sustainable, clean and safe energy future, rather than increasing our already heavy reliance upon coal-fired electricity, which threatens our health and climate.”

Dayton said he rejected the Game and Fish bill, in large part, due to its impact on two Minnesota-based ATV manufacturers: Polaris and Arctic Cat. Dayton wrote that proposed modifications to the definitions of class 1 and class 2 ATVs would “have a detrimental impact on those job providers.”

The DFL governor said he vetoed the the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act, also known as the Cheeseburger Bill, because it would have given companies “too broad an exemption from liability.”

Dayton today also signed 22 bills into law, including a measure requiring young athletes have access to information about concussions.

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