by Becki Gray
Former Senior Vice President, John Locke Foundation
During the 2011-12 legislative session, 2,195 bills were filed, 1,234 in the House and 961 in the Senate. Of those, 646 became law. That’s a 29% ratification rate.
The 2011-12 General Assembly met for a total of 138 legislative days, making this session the shortest since 1979-80. At a cost of $50k per day they are in session, that represents considerable savings to the taxpayer.
Governor Perdue vetoed more bills (19) than all previous governors combined (9) setting up a political battle we had not seen in NC. Before the Perdue/Berger&Tillis showdowns, only one governor’s veto was over ridden – Easley on a recreational boat issue. Perdue was overridden 11 times.