2 bills to be vetoed by Gov. Brown, plus appropriations

She'll also veto four-line item appropriations

Gov. Brown signed landmark transgender equality bill, May 31 2017. (KOIN)
Gov. Brown signed landmark transgender equality bill, May 31 2017. (KOIN)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says she will veto two bills and four-line item appropriations.

One bill that Brown said Tuesday she’ll veto allows the State Board of Psychologist Examiners to authorize licensed psychologists who meet certain requirements to write prescriptions.

Brown said that it can’t be implemented safely without a regulatory system to prevent over-prescribing.

The other bill establishes a task force to ease people with criminal convictions into regular life after prison.

Brown said another group already performs that function.

She said she’ll also veto appropriations for the Southwest Capitol Highway road project in Portland because it wasn’t vetted like other transportation projects, and appropriations for a theater, ballpark and irrigation project in Medford.

Brown also announced the resignation of the Director of the Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday.

Director Lynne Saxton’s resignation will go into effect Aug. 31.

Speaking of Saxton’s resignation, Brown said,

Today, after discussion with Lynne Saxton, we have agreed that her resignation is in the best interests of the agency,” Governor Brown said. “Lynne has led the Oregon Health Authority through its most challenging times and helped me ensure that every Oregonian has access to the care they need. She is known as a fighter for Oregon’s values and I am proud of how she brought that level of commitment to the staff of OHA.”


KOIN 6 News contributed to this report