June 8 2010, 8:47 AM
As anticipated, Governor Bill Ritter signed House Bill 1284 and Senate Bill 109 yesterday, a pair of bills that will bring more regulation to Colorado's booming medical marijuana industry (via Westword). But Ritter is also on a roll with vetoes, striking down several pieces of hard-fought legislation, including a bill that sought to give more regular pay increases to state employees based on basic performance measurements, according to The Denver Post. In declining to make House Bill 1409 a law, Ritter writes, "It is unwise to put another portion of the state budget on automatic pilot." He also shot down a bill that attempted to partially deregulate Colorado phone services, because emerging, very cheap (even free) Voice over Internet Protocol (or VoIP) technology would have gained a permanent exclusion (via the Denver Business Journal). Ritter points out that even the feds are still deciding how to classify VoIP service in future telecom rules. Ritter has also declined to sign House Bill 1287, which would have prevented employees from using a state vehicle for commuting, with some exceptions. In a message, the governor cites one example of why he vetoed it: Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents, he says, need to stay close to vehicles that have important investigative equipment, and supplying properly equipped agents to crime scenes as soon as possible is a critical issue.