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Gov. Fallin Set To Decide On Bills After A Year Of Controversial Vetoes

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After lawmakers ended a marathon year up at the capitol, all eyes have turned to to Governor Mary Fallin to see which bills she will sign. 

Of the 137 bills to come across Governor Fallin's desk so far she has vetoed 6 of them. 

The first was a bill that would've have expanded Oklahoma's definition of bullying to include electronic bullying and lowered the threshold of bullying to mean any unwanted act of aggression. 

In her veto Fallin said removal of some other definitions of bullying... like harassment or intimidation... in place of a broader definition did not protect students enough. 

The other education bill would have implemented updated standards for reading levels and assessment in schools which were passed unanimously by the state's commission on educational quality.

In her veto for this bill Fallin said she had significant concerns about what the updates would have done to Oklahoma's nationwide scores saying "This process will mask student performance from parents, school performance communities and state policy leaders."

Another controversial bill vetoed by the Governor included a measure that would have combined a day to celebrate Native Americans with Columbus Day. 

The bill would have moved Oklahoma's current Native American Day to the second Monday in October... aligning it with the Columbus Day holiday. The measure received overwhelming support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. 

In her veto Fallin said combining the holidays could be viewed as "an intentional attempt to diminish long standing support of November being proclaimed annually as Native American Heritage Month."

But in a statement the President of the Cherokee Nation criticized the veto calling it troubling and saying in part... "This is a missed opportunity to honor Tribal people and Tribal governments..."

Still left to sign the controversial bills about faith based adoption agencies, the constitutional carrying of fire arms, and returning the Ten Commandments to the State Capitol. 

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