It is not unusual for a flurry of bills to be pushed through at the end of any legislative session. But this week the pace has been dizzying.
More than 80 bills were on Thursday’s House calendar, and with dozens of amendments being offered throughout the session, it was clear even the veteran lawmakers were having trouble keeping up with what bills they were voting on.
In addition to local legislation, lawmakers were making decisions Thursday on controversial bills that would ease gun restrictions, require a photo Voter ID, and largely repeal the Racial Justice Act.
House Speaker Thom Tillis had hoped to end the session just after midnight, and was pressing the chamber to make that deadline.
But Alamance County Democrat Rep. Alice Bordsen challenged the Speaker:
“Is it not possible to take a couple of days, light days, next week to finish up well?”
Speaker Tillis dismissed her request. But then hours later, Republican House Finance chair Rep. Edgar Starnes balked and joined Bordsen in complaining about the speed at which they were being pressed to make critical decisions:
“We’re not in a position to think clearly and pass good legislation.”
In the end, the Speaker and caucus leaders relented and agreed to come back Friday and Saturday to finish up the work before the N.C. House.
To watch Rep. Bordsen question the Speaker, click below: