Gov. John Kitzhaber vetoed the first bill of the session Tuesday.
Once given the nickname “Dr. No” for vetoing bundles of bills, the late-in-the session disapproval marks a change indicative of the governor’s third term.
This session, with a 30-30 split in the House and a narrow Democratic margin in the Senate, has been one about both parties being forced to play together. And many Republicans have spent the session speaking highly of the governor.
“Because a court would likely find Enrolled House Bill 2212 to be unconstitutional, I am returning it unsigned and disapproved,” the governor’s letter to the House co-chairs said.