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Kitzhaber uses first veto of term on florist bill

The Columbian
Published: June 13, 2011, 5:00pm

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has vetoed a bill for the first time in his term.

The bill would have prohibited floral order facilitators from charging a fee for individual orders. Kitzhaber vetoed it on Monday.

He tells legislative leaders in a letter that he supports the goal of protecting flower shop owners from uncertain or exorbitant pricing from floral order facilitators, which act as middle men between consumers and florists.

But Kitzhaber says the measure violates the U.S. Constitution and also interferes with private contracts.

Kitzhaber says he would support the formation of a committee to look at other ways to address the issue that would be more likely to withstand a court challenge.

Kitzhaber was known as “Dr. No” for vetoing many bills during his first administration.