Fracking, Racial Justice, and Budget Vetoes OverriddenBy
It’s a bad day for North Carolina.
Rep. Becky Carney, a Democrat from Mecklenburg County who opposes fracking, pushed the wrong button and accidentally voted with Republicans to override the veto. A maneuver by Wake County Republican Paul “Skip” Stam prevented her from changing her vote, giving the GOP a historic one-vote margin of victory.
North Carolina’s Republican-led legislature voted on Monday to override Democratic Governor Beverly Perdue’s veto of a law that will limit the ability of death-row prisoners to use statistical evidence of racial bias to challenge their sentences.
On the budget, the House voted 74-45 in favor of overriding Perdue’s veto of the budget adjustments. The Senate completed the override by a vote of 31-10 about a half-hour later. Both exceeded the three-fifths majority required in each chamber.