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Youngkin signs first veto, aimed at policing oversight bill

Gov. Glenn Youngkin
Posted at 3:56 PM, Mar 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-01 15:56:14-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has issued his first veto. He has blocked a measure that would have allowed Arlington County’s governing board to hire a new independent policing auditor.

The Republican governor announced the veto Tuesday. He said in a statement that police shouldn't be subject to what he called politically motivated inquiries.

But the bill's sponsor says the northern Virginia county will still be able to fill the role — the hiring will just be done by the county manager.

Democratic Del. Patrick Hope said the governor was making what Hope called a “misguided political statement.”

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