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As legislators return, activists eye the “veto garage” (video)

Legislators reconvene on Wednesday to reconsider the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 9, which would have repealed much of the Racial Justice Act.

The question is whether the Republican leadership could also use the special session to revisit the “veto garage” and take up any other issues left pending in 2011.

Bob Phillips of Common Cause NC is wary Republicans may make at least one more push on voter ID before the 2012 elections, which could make a difference in our tight battleground state.

Phillips says despite opinion polls that have shown support for some form of voter identification, such a law would adversely affect almost half a million active registered voters in North Carolina.

Phillips joined us recently on News and Views to reflect on efforts to suppress voting in 2011 and what lies ahead for the New Year.

To hear a portion of Phillips’ radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below. To listen to the full interview – including our look back at the newsmakers of 2011 – visit the Radio Interview section of the N.C. Policy Watch website. There you can listen to the entire show online or subscribe to our podcast feed on iTunes.

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2 Comments

  1. HunterC

    January 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Can legislators actually consider anything but the topic of the Governor’s proclamation to reconvene the session (the veto of S9) ?

    While they could call a special session while they’re back, wouldn’t there have to be a petition for that?

  2. Clayton Henkel

    January 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Both are good questions, Hunter. And you may be right on the procedure. Since other special sessions have covered a wide range of issues, I think many political observers are keeping a closer eye on other bits of business that could crop up whenever lawmakers are in Raleigh. Either way, 2012 should be an interesting one! And for those keeping watch, after this week the House and Senate are scheduled to convene again on Feb. 16, 2012.