As six overrides advance, Senator calls Republicans “vindictive” (audio)

It took the state Senate less than an hour Wednesday to override six of the vetoes issued by Governor Perdue in June.

Head to the State House for consideration are:

  • S781 Regulatory Reform Act of 2011, passed 48-0
  • S496 Medicaid and Health Choice, passed 47-1
  • S532 ESC bill, passed 31-17
  • S33  Medical Malpractice Reform, passed 35-12
  • S709 Energy Jobs Act, passed 31-17
  • S727 No dues checkoff for school employees, passed 30-18

In each case, Senate Republicans were able to get the three-fifths majority needed for the override.

Senate Bill 727 (no dues check off) drew the most debate on the opening day of the mini-session.

Republican Senator Ralph Hise said the Governor’s veto of that bill was to protect her political allies.

Democrats objected that the bill treats the NC Association of Educators different than other groups, which are allowed to deduct member-dues directly from their employee paychecks.

Senator Martin Nesbitt told Republicans they should not seek “retribution” against the NCAE, simply because the organization disagrees with their budget decisions.

Senator Charlie Dannelly went a step further. The retired educator from Mecklenburg County accused Republicans of acting in a “vindictive manner” toward educators.

The state House has not set a date for voting on any of the overrides.

To hear Senators Nesbitt and Dannelly, click below:

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