by Becki Gray
Former Senior Vice President, John Locke Foundation
Because our State Constitution says so:
Article II, Sec. 22. Action on bills.
(1) Bills subject to veto by Governor; override of veto. Except as provided by subsections (2) through (6) of this section, all bills shall be read three times in each house and shall be signed by the presiding officer of each house before being presented to the Governor. If the Governor approves, the Governor shall sign it and it shall become a law; but if not, the Governor shall return it with objections, together with a veto message stating the reasons for such objections, to that house in which it shall have originated, which shall enter the objections and veto message at large on its journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such reconsideration three-fifths of the members of that house present and voting shall agree to pass the bill, it shall be sent, together with the objections and veto message, to the other house, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered; and if approved by three-fifths of the members of that house present and voting, it shall become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor. In all such cases the votes of both houses shall be determined by yeas and nays, and the names of the members voting shall be entered on the journal of each house respectively.
Governor Cooper delivered seven vetos to the General Assembly yesterday afternoon. It’s anticipated that they will begin to consider veto overrides as early as today. An override requires three-fifths of those members voting and present. Based on votes early today – it appears there are 118 members in attendance today in the House; not sure how many are in the Senate today. It’s important to note the vote margins on the bills being considered. Also, they could decide not to take up one or more of the vetoes, any not acted upon by sine die, will die.
Those veto override considerations that will start in the House, with the vote on the original bill noted. Remember, an override requires an aye from 3/5th of those voting and present:
HB 131 Amend Bail Bond Forfeiture Relief
House vote: 88-2
Senate vote: 36-8
HB 374 Regulatory Reform Act of 2018
House vote: 62-35
Senate vote: 25-5
HB 382 Dept of Insurance Omnibus
House vote: 113-0
Senate vote: 45-0
HB 717, Judicial Elections Changes
House vote: 61-37
Senate vote: 25-10
HB 1055 Retirement Complexity Reduction Act
House vote: 64-24
Senate vote: 30-14
These will start in the Senate:
SB 325 Uniform/Expand Early Voting
Senate vote: 23-11
House vote: 60-41
SB 711 Farm Act of 2018
Senate vote: 32-9
House vote: 65-42
With these seven vetoes, Governor Roy Cooper holds the record for the most vetoes during a two-year session with 23 vetoes, beating former Governor Beverly Perdue’s record of 19. However she still holds the record for most vetoes in a single year – 16 in 2011. Governor McCrory vetoed a total of 6 over 4 years.