Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has set a modern-day record for vetoing legislation, rejecting nearly 35 percent of bills that reached his desk in 2008. That veto rate shattered the old record of just under 25 percent, set by former Gov. Gray Davis.
In all, Schwarzenegger signed 772 bills and vetoed 415 this year.
Schwarzenegger's poor relationship with the Legislature - he also threatened to become the first governor known to veto a budget bill earlier this summer - certainly accounts for part of the high veto rate.
But Schwarzenegger has denied any ill will toward lawmakers after the record-setting budget impasse.
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