Gov. Rell has vetoed a bill that would have required the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) to conform to state agency affirmative action hiring practices (the JI has more through coverage, but will cost you if you aren’t a subscriber). The bill arose out of complaints that a woman was unfairly treated and then fired from the MDC.
The reasons are twofold: first, the governor says that since the MDC isn’t actually a state agency (it’s a nonprofit municipal corporation, created by a special act of the legislature), so making it behave like one by statute is incorrect. The governor also seems to believe that this would create an unfunded mandate, because someone would have to be hired to deal with all the complaints coming out of MDC. If that’s true… then maybe this bill is even more necessary.
The bill passed both houses unanimously, and so could possibly be passed into law over the governor’s objections.