Governor Carcieri has vetoed several more bills including those that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote.
This is the third year running that the legislature has passed preregistration legislation and also the third time that Carcieri has vetoed the measure arguing that "current law has served this state well" in allowing Rhode Islanders younger than 18 to register to vote as long as they will be eligible by the date of the next election.
"If this legislation were to become law, the state would be forced to prematurely add thousands of names -- all people ineligible to vote -- to the voter rolls," Carcieri said in his veto message. "This strikes me as both counter-intuitive and counter-productive, especially considering the fact that the state spent time and money to clean up the voter lists and create a statewide central voter registry."
Also on the list of bills the governor vetoed last night is one that would exempt funeral home directors and embalmers over the age of 65 from continuing education requirements.
"I appreciate the wisdom that comes with age and experience," he said in that veto message. "However, funeral directors and embalmers, like other health professionals regulated by the state, must maintain and improve their professional skills for as long as they are actively practicing to ensure the safety and well-being of the people they serve."
Both the House and the Senate are expected to return this summer to wrap up their sessions, but it is unclear what, if any, vetoes they will override.