FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentuckians will not have a new driver's license, some high school graduates will have to wait for free college tuition and some parents won't be able to send their children to public preschool programs after Gov. Matt Bevin issued his final round of vetoes on Wednesday.
The first-term Republican governor vetoed all or parts of seven bills that were passed on the final day of the legislative session. State lawmakers cannot override his vetoes because they have already adjourned for the year.
Bevin's vetoes included portions of the state's two-year, $68.8 billion operating budget. He eliminated $1 million for a colon cancer screening program, $2 million for breast and cervical cancer screening programs and $20,000 for lung cancer research. He also nixed $1.1 million to pediatric facilities that provide emergency shelter services for children.
Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said Health and Family Services Cabinet Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson could still choose to fund those programs, she just won't be required by law to pay for them.