Governor Vetoes

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Republican Governor Owens has killed 40 bills sent to him by the Democratic-controlled Legislature this year.

That's the highest number in the past 15 years.

Thursday he vetoed five education-related bills, including a measure that would have required evaluations of the state's school accountability program every three years.

Owens helped craft the program.

He also vetoed a bill that would have earmarked $1.5 million over the next three years for online education courses because he says only a specific vendor would have qualified.

Another bill would have required school districts to put correction plans in place for low-performing schools.