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Gov. Perry vetos 16 bills, including funding for Public Integrity Unit

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Gov. Rick Perry has vetoed 16 bills and removed some parts of the state budget approved by lawmakers.

Among them is a Texas version of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which would have helped ensure employers provide women statewide with equal pay for equal work.

Perry also used his line-item veto powers to cut funding for the state's Public Integrity Unit, after District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, the head of the unit, was convicted of drunk driving and refused to resign.

That was the only major change he made to the budget, however.

Also struck was language seeking more-efficient enforcement of ethics violations by public officials under a law reauthorizing the Texas Ethics Commission.

Sunday is the last day Perry can veto bills already approved by the Legislature.

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