Gov. John Hickenlooper refused to sign these two bills that will become law. Here’s why.
June 6, 2017
Gov. John Hickenlooper will allow two measures to become law without his signature, a rare move that he said is designed to protest actions by lawmakers to "veil a bill's true cost to the taxpayers."
The Democrat explained his decision in letters sent Tuesday to the Republican-led Senate, where he said lawmakers made last-minute changes to delay the implementation — and shroud the price tag — for two bills designed to address mental illness in the criminal justice system.
Even as he emphasized that he supports the substance of the legislation, Hickenlooper said he could not put his name on Senate Bill 12 and Senate Bill 19.