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Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 3:27am

Bills Signed, Vetoed By Governor

Governor Sonny Perdue signed dozens of bills yesterday, but also used his veto pen on 27 pieces of legislation.

One of the bills rejected—the measure that would have allowed gun permit holders to carry non-secure areas of Atlanta’s airport. In his description of the veto, Perdue says he rejected the measure despite what he called “the unwarranted intrusion into this state matter by ill-advised federal officials”.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had earlier suggested Georgia’s law passed by state lawmakers was "very worrisome".

Perdue did sign the bill to expand places licensed gun owners can carry in Georgia, like some bars and parking lots.

Of other legislation—Perdue signed a bill that eliminates low-income tax credits for hundreds of thousands of poor Georgians. Supporters of the bill say it was a form of income redistribution, but opponents wanted a veto to preserve the credit for some seniors. The move saves the state more than $20 million.