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Controversial Bill Vetoed

GUYMON, OKLAHOMA - A hotly debated money saving measure has been vetoed by Oklahoma's governor.

NewsChannel 10 was the first to tell you about this controversial piece of legislation last week - a bill that Governor Brad Henry now says has too much of a hidden cost for local agency who will have to pick up the slack.

House Bill 2266 would have kept people who bail out of jail from getting public defenders at the state's expense. It was supposed to save up to 750 thousand dollars a year for the cash-strapped state.

Viewers are still weighing in on in our original web poll. In the last few days there has been a surge of hundreds of votes. Just slightly more viewers think people who bail out of jail should get a public defender - at 50 point 6 percent voting yes.

Several civil rights organizations are praising the governor - saying they're glad he's not letting budget cuts change civil liberties. At the same time, some lawmakers say he's not being responsible with tax dollars and the money will have to be cut from somewhere else.

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