Gov. Butch Otter won't announce what action he's taking on SB 1011, the bill to repeal instant racing, until Monday, his press secretary, Jon Hanian, just announced. Otter must take action on the bill - either veto it, sign it into law, or allow it to become law without his signature - by 4:54 p.m. tomorrow. But Hanian said with no lawmakers around either today or tomorrow, the governor decided to wait until Monday to inform lawmakers of his decision, once they're back. "He wants to have that conversation," Hanian said. "We will make that announcement on Monday."
Hanian said Otter's decision will be posted on the governor's office website sometime during the day on Monday; the House and Senate both convene at 1:30 p.m. that day. Otter also has a public bill-signing ceremony, on the anti-bullying bill, scheduled for Monday at 4 p.m. in his office; Hanian said that will be the first opportunity for members of the press to ask Otter questions about his decision.