Mike Pence got the veto pen out on Friday.
He rejected a gambling bill passed by the General Assembly.
The governor has three choices when it comes to action on any bill passed by state lawmakers: he can sign it into law, he can veto it, or he can let it become law without his signature.
This year he has made use of all three options.
He let two gambling bills become law without his signature. One is the bill to let riverboats move on land.
It also could lead to live dealers at the racinos in 2021.
The other is a bill that deals with horse racing promotions and other matters.
He vetoed a bill that would permit what’s called advance deposit wagering on horse races.
It would permit not only in-person bets but also bets made on electronic devices and Mike Pence saw that as an unacceptable expansion of gambling.
And there’s one other bill that he permitted to become law without his signature.
It calls for a 3-year moratorium on most new nursing home construction.
That was a tough one for the governor because he’s in favor of letting the free market work.
The effort to stop the moratorium, however, is what led to an ethics scandal last year involving former state representative Eric Turner.