Travel Insurance (SB 2590 – Governor Vetoed): Allows “travel insurance” to be sold by a licensed business enterprise or travel retailer subject to certain conditions.
The amendatory veto was issued citing technical issues that need to be resolved, noting relevant parties need additional time to work on the legislation.
Voluminous Requests (HB 3796 – Amendatory Veto): Amends the Freedom of Information Act to provide a process for handling "voluminous requests," to allow for recovery of personnel costs to review documents for redactions of a commercial request, and to allow a public body to refer a requester to their website if the information is posted on the public body's website.
The legislation was vetoed by the Governor, who contended it reduces government transparency by limiting the ability of citizens to seek public records, and it would make it more difficult for citizens to obtain a large volume of records, slowing the process for individuals who lack electronic means to request or obtain information.
Construction Debris (HB 4606 – Amendatory Veto): Clarifies that facilities that accept only general construction or demolition or demolition debris and operate in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act are not considered a "pollution control facility." Identical to SB 2944 which passed unanimously.
The amendatory veto provides that the new demolition debris waste facility applicant must notify the local county newspapers about the site. Further, the EPA must accept written comments concerning the permit application for the site.
Anatomic Pathology (SB 1630 – Amendatory Veto): Spells out billing practices of “anatomic pathology services.” Clarifies exemptions and specifies there is no prohibition against a referring physician, who takes a patient specimen, from charging a patient or a payer an acquisition or processing charge. Anatomic pathology is a medical specialty that is concerned with the diagnosis of disease based on the gross, microscopic, chemical, immunologic and molecular examination of organs, tissues, and whole bodies.
The amendatory veto adds language regarding enforcement of markups by physicians, giving the Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation the explicit authority to discipline a physician for improper markup of a bill including: license revocation, suspension or non-renewal. Also adds language to stipulate physician choice in lab services be made clear in billing.
Condominium Non-Payments (SB 2664 – Amendatory Veto): Creates a “clear and fair” formula/calculation for how much a person who purchases a distressed condo (or condos) owes in backdated assessments. Limits the amount of time that a purchaser must pay in fees/liens to no more than nine months.
The amendatory veto requires the real-estate owned lender to pay for any special assessments that have been previously assessed and attorney’s fees that have been incurred because of the prior owner’s default.
Water/Sewer Connections (SB 3507 – Amendatory Veto): Limits connection fees charged by township and municipal waterworks and sewage systems to 1/6 of the annual rate of the estimated annual charges for that class of service.
The amendatory veto removes municipalities from the bill.
Capitol Building Upgrades (HB 3793 – Item Veto): Fiscal Year 2015 budget measure that includes capitol construction appropriations.
The only veto of the FY15 budget, the Governor used his power to line item veto a $250 million “Other Funds” appropriations for Capitol building upgrades.