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Paterson vetoes pension bill, OKs midwife measure

ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson has vetoed 23 policy bills from the Legislature, including a pension sweetener for prison guards. Another vetoed bill would have slapped a tooth decay warning label on “sippy cups,” and another would have required sellers to sanitize used mattresses in the battle against bed bugs in New York City.

The Democrat also signed nearly 100 bills into law, including one allowing licensed midwives to deliver babies without written practice agreements with physicians. He also signed some consumer protection measures.

One new law will require gas stations that provide full- and self-service sales to provide full service to disabled drivers at the cheaper, self-service price.