Vetoes including that of mortgage recovery law sustained |

Vetoes including that of mortgage recovery law sustained

Vetoes by Gov. Jim Gibbons on several measures including the bill designed to help protect homeowners from mortgage assistance fraud were sustained by the Senate Monday night.

Sen. Maggie Carlton, D-Las Vegas, told fellow Senators that with one in every 70 Nevada homeowners facing potential foreclosure, the bill is vital. She said many of those individuals are “grasping at straws” and vulnerable to scams by people claiming to be experts who can help them out of trouble.

“We need to do something to protect these people,” she said.

The vote was along party lines 12-9. That is two votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto.

In the same floor session, the governor’s veto was sustained on AB135 which would have given the treasurer’s office the power to review pubilc-private contract obligations before the take effect. Gibbons vetoed the measure saing it was an unnecessary added layer of bureaucracy. The vote on the measure was 11-10, three votes short of two-thirds.

The Senate also sustained vetoes of AB22 expanding the plaintiff’s possible actions in deceptive trade cases, AB319 expanding school employee rights in certain dealings with administrators and AB381 which changes rules governing arbitration in cases involving trade practices.