CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Governor Tomblin has vetoed two bills, but not because he opposes them; they have technical flaws.
Tomblin vetoed SB 335, the Opioid Antagonists Act, because of a minor issue with the wording of the bill. The legislation gives first responders and families with substance abuse issues access to naloxone, which counters the effects of opioid overdoses.
The Governor said he regrets the veto, since he called for the measure in his State of the State address, but added that, “These errors can be easily fixed, and I urge the Legislature to return this critical piece of legislation to my desk for final review.
The second bill vetoed, HB 2201, related to how homeowners with solar panels are paid for energy they sell to utilities. “Due to a number of technical issues in the bill, I am unable to sign House Bill 2201 into law,” Tomblin said. “I encourage the Legislature to re-examine this piece of legislation and correct the technical issues outlined in my veto message.”