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Pataki vetoes New York AIDS bills

Pataki vetoes New York AIDS bills

New York governor George Pataki on Wednesday vetoed 199 spending and tax bills, including nine measures that affect state funding of HIV/AIDS programs, the Albany Times Union reports. The bills would have allocated more than $30 million in state funds for the programs. One of the bills would have boosted cost-of-living adjustments for more than 60,000 state residents, including those with AIDS, who receive supplemental security income from the government. Among the other vetoed bills was a measure that would have increased funding for groups conducting HIV prevention efforts in minority communities. Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, and Senate majority leader Joe Bruno, a Republican, said both chambers have the two-thirds majority necessary to override Pataki's vetoes and that they plan to introduce measures to override them before the end of the week.

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