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Mayoral vetoes: sometimes common, sometimes not
Mayoral vetoes: sometimes common, sometimes not

For more than a decade, mayoral vetoes were practically unheard of in Baltimore. Not anymore. Within the past three months, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has vetoed or vowed to veto three City Council bills — legislation empowering the council to reduce minor privilege fees, requiring body cameras for police officers and banning plastic grocery bags. "She was mayor for a number of years before she ever exercised a veto," said her spokesman, Kevin Harris. "But if there is legislation that she doesn't feel is as comprehensive or thoughtful as it should be, she reserves that right, and she's going to exercise it." From 2002 until last summer, only...

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