Patrick Colbeck, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Michigan Governor, has expressed regret over Governor Rick Synder's decision to veto a bill that would promote life.
Senate Bill 163 authorized the creation of a "Choose Life" fundraising license plate that drivers could purchase. The state offers a number of fundraising license plates, including ones that support universities and wildlife habitat.
"I find the Governor's veto of a 'Choose Life' license plate to be disgraceful and sad because it would have helped a number of people faced with very real choices of life or death, choices that are not political, " said Colbeck
This is the fourth time Colbeck, who serves as state senator for Michigan's 7th district, has introduced a bill to create a 'Choose Life' license plate. This is the first time a bill has gotten as far as the Governor's desk. SB 163 had bi-partisan support of 25 Senators and 65 Representatives.
If the Governor did have personal issues with the bill, he had several options besides a veto. He could have let the bill become law without his signature, which happened naturally at 2pm Monday, July 3, or he could have let Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley sign it.
A fundraising license plate would have raised money to support organizations for people such as mothers with unplanned pregnancies and considering an abortion or veterans who are despondent and may want to take their own life.
"I appreciated the support I had for this bill from Michigan Right to Life and Attorney General Bill Schuette," said Colbeck.
This is the second bill in a row sponsored by Senator Colbeck that Governor Snyder has vetoed.
Colbeck filed paper work in May to run for Michigan Governor. Governor Snyder's term ends in 2018.
"If I'm fortunate enough to be elected Governor, I would be honored to have this bill be the first one I sign into law," said Colbeck.