There are still about 30 bills left that lawmakers passed this year but Gov. Butch Otter has not yet taken action on; he has until Friday. Among them: SB 1395, the bill to raise top state elected officials’ salaries each year for the next four years. So far, Otter hasn’t vetoed a single one of the 357 bills that passed both houses this year; the legislature also adopted 43 resolutions or memorials. Otter has been gone to a Republican Governors Association meeting; he’ll be returning later today.
The final figures have just come out, and this year’s legislative session, in the end, yielded exactly the same number of passed bills as last year’s – both 357 – and a similar number introduced, at 542 this year and 545 last year. Last year's session was longer, at 88 days, while this year's ended after 74.