Bullock nixes bill seeking more scrutiny over mandates

HELENA, Mont. - Gov. Steve Bullock has vetoed a bill that sought to bring more scrutiny to unfunded federal government mandates and another that he said would limit the growth of clean-energy industries.

Bullock vetoed the bills Friday. He signed five others and suggested changes to three more.

Bullock says additional reviews of mandates from the U.S. government to the state are unnecessary.

He says the proposal by Republican Rep. Bill Harris of Winnett would undermine government efficiency.

The other veto was for a bill on net metering, or credits that utility customers receive for adding power to the grid through solar panels, for example.

The bill would have prohibited customers who use net metering from shifting costs onto other users. Bullock says the measure is premature because it's not clear whether that actually happens.

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