Lawmakers override Cooper's veto of hog farm nuisance lawsuit limits

Posted May 11

— People who live near hog farms and other farming operations in North Carolina can no longer win big damage awards in lawsuits over odors and other problems created by the businesses.

The state Senate on Thursday voted 30-18 to complete an override of Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of legislation that caps damage awards in nuisance lawsuits at the market value of the property affected. The House voted 74-40 for an override on Wednesday.

There was no debate in either chamber on the override motions.

Cooper said last week when he vetoed House Bill 467 that nuisance lawsuits "can be used to protect property rights and make changes for good," such as North Carolina forcing the Tennessee Valley Authority to limit emissions from power plants because they were hurting air quality in this state.

"I am incredibly pleased that this bill providing legal certainty to family farmers and the thousands of North Carolinians who earn their living in the agriculture industry is now law. This is a victory for farmers and our rural communities," Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Sampson, said in a statement after the override.


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  • Eric Davis May 15, 3:51 p.m.
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    He must be using former Governor Sleazly's play book.

  • D. Aaron Hill May 15, 10:55 a.m.
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    CAFO meats (such as the hogs in question) are already low quality

  • Clarence Hill May 12, 11:52 a.m.
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    News update: A NC federal judge has dismissed PETA's lawsuit against HB-405--which PETA and HSUS called an Ag-gag bill.

  • Raymond Mclemore May 12, 11:28 a.m.
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  • Susan Olvera May 12, 7:53 a.m.
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    "This is a victory for farmers and our rural communities," Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Sampson, said in a statement after the override."

    He means Smithfield. It's a victory for Smithfield and Smithfield only - I'd hardly call that entity a farm. The set up shop in different locations in rural areas, mostly next to poor people - who are now elderly. This doesn't benefit anyone but the pork INDUSTRY and the politicians who received campaign donations from the industry. A quick search shows that Smithfield Foods was one of the top five contributors to Senator Brent Jackson's campaign. It's absolutely disgusting how corrupt this system is - on both sides.

  • Andy Jackson May 11, 5:41 p.m.
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    Finally - some good sense by the legislature! Thank you for using some good common sense. Agriculture,, including raising Pork, has been hit hard, and cut to the bare bones in the last 20+ years, and if we keep on, ALL of our low food will be shipped in and be of LOW quality.