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Parkinson set to announce vetoes this afternoon

May 27, 2010

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— Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson is close to announcing whether he’ll veto measures on abortion and regulating greenhouse gases.

Spokesman Seth Bundy says Parkinson will announce his decisions Thursday afternoon on the measures attached to a $13.7 billion state budget. Parkinson has the power to reject individual items in the budget.

The first provision would prevent the state from paying Planned Parenthood to provide family planning services. Those services don’t include abortion, but anti-abortion lawmakers still don’t want the state funds going to the organization.

The second provision would prevent the state from spending any money on drafting regulations to regulate greenhouse gases. Critics say the federal government might simply take over environmental permitting in Kansas.

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