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Published May 18, 2011, 02:43 PM

Dalrymple Vetoes Parts of 2 Spending Bills

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has vetoed parts of two spending bills that affect the state Water Commission and budget office.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has vetoed parts of two spending bills that affect the state Water Commission and budget office.

Dalrymple on Wednesday rejected a proposal to require remote metering of some industrial water usage. A related provision set aside $500,000 in state money to help private water users buy meters that can be read remotely.

Dalrymple also vetoed proposals to require greater legislative involvement in some budget drafting and spending decisions. He said one of the requirements was unconstitutional, and others were clumsy and unworkable.

The 2011 Legislature adjourned last month, and the state House and Senate won't be able to override Dalrymple's decisions. The vetoes are Dalrymple's first since he took office as governor last December.

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