POSTED: 9:25 p.m. HST, May 29, 2011
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is planning to use his veto pen for the third time since taking office.
The Democratic governor has notified the Senate he intends to veto a measure extending the work of a commission overseeing federal stimulus spending in the state.
The legislation duplicates another law Abercrombie signed last month that gives the commission six more months, until Dec. 31, to complete its work.
Abercrombie also has killed measures allowing buyers of new cars three years to get a vehicle inspection instead of two years, and granting the state auditor the explicit authority to inspect documents and financial affairs of the Department of Taxation.
Abercrombie said in December he wants to keep vetoes to an “absolute minimum” because he prefers to negotiate with the Legislature beforehand.