Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) issued his first vetoes of his tenure Friday of two high-profile education bills.

Among the legislation vetoed Friday was a bill that would have required elementary schools to hold recess every day and another would have made the public school system update its safety plans and conduct safety drills in grades K-12. 

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Kemp first came to national prominence last year after a high-profile gubernatorial election in which he narrowly defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams in an election marred by allegations of voter suppression. He defended his education vetoes by suggesting local school districts should have more power over their own policies.

He said he agreed that recess should be expanded for elementary school students, but said in his veto

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