In the past few days, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has been busy signing bills into law. But on Tuesday, he vetoed nine bills –including a foster care/adoption bill that was overwhelmingly approved by legislators, and a bill that would allow students to opt-out of some standardized testing.

House Bill 359 — the Supporting and Strengthening Families Act– would have allowed parents to transfer legal authority for a child to a family member or an outside agency — an idea that one of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Geoff Duncan (R-Cumming)  — felt was “a different approach to solving an issue we have not had a solution for in the past.”

In his veto statement, Deal said he felt the bill was “well-intentioned,” but added that he felt it “creates a parallel and unchecked system to our Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), unintentionally placing children at risk.” 

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