Senate Republicans are using their staff to try and force Gov. Roy Cooper’s hand in either vetoing two bills or not before everyone scatters for Christmas plans.
“The hardworking non-partisan staff, member office staffs and reporters who cover the General Assembly don’t deserve to get caught up in Gov. Cooper’s political gamesmanship,” said Senate Rules Chairman Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick). “Gov. Cooper already knows if he is going to veto any of the bills that we passed last week and he should do so as soon as possible so staff can make holiday plans without the specter of a Christmas week override vote hanging over their heads.”
It should be noted that it was Republican lawmakers who called everyone into a lame duck session that was meant to address hurricane funding deficits but has instead dragged on for weeks. Other measures like voter ID and the structure of the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement — as many Democrats have pointed out over the past couple weeks — could have been taken care of in January when lawmakers return for the next session.
Cooper has already vetoed the voter ID bill, and it’s expected lawmakers will return tomorrow to take a vote to override it. He has until 11:59 p.m. Saturday to veto House Bill 1029, the measure restructuring the State Board, and until 11:59 p.m. Sunday to veto a technical corrections bill.
His spokesman, Ford Porter, said last week that the Governor was reviewing State Board legislation carefully. His office has not given any indication of his plans to veto it or not, but it did get bipartisan support in both chambers.