Indiana Governor, Eric Holcomb vetoed a Republican-backed bill on that would have blocked cities from regulating rental properties, which opponents said threatened existing local protections for tenants in several communities around the state.
Holcomb issued the veto on Wednesday evening, just before his deadline for acting on the bill approved by GOP lawmakers in the final hours of this year’s legislative session.
Holcomb said in a veto letter that the bill’s language was “overly broad,” citing a provision that would’ve prohibited any local rules on landlord-tenant relationships beyond state law.
Holcomb also wrote that economic circumstances have changed significantly with the coronavirus outbreak since lawmakers voted on the bill back on March 11th.
This year’s legislative session ended on March 11th, but lawmakers could override the governor’s veto by a simple majority through next year’s session.
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