Raleigh, N.C. — The General Assembly's constitutionally required veto session came and went Thursday morning without the body taking up Gov. Roy Cooper's four outstanding vetoes, which the Republican majority may eventually override.
A number of members did not attend Thursday's session for various reasons.
Override votes will be delayed, likely until the second-to-last week of August, House Rules Chairman David Lewis said. They'll be taken up as legislative leaders also work to pass new House and Senate election maps by Sept. 1, as ordered by the federal courts.
Here's the schedule as laid out by Lewis, R-Harnett, and House Speaker Tim Moore:
Aug. 18: The legislature comes into session, and the House, at least, will hold only a non-voting session. Being formally in session allows the chambers to get more things moving, including parts of the map-making process. This session date replaces a previously planned Sept. 6 session.
Aug. 22: A public hearing will be held on proposed legislative maps.
Aug. 24 (or so): Lewis said he hopes to hold a floor vote, or votes, on the new maps, as well as the veto overrides. That's not set in stone, though.
Update: Senate leadership has since laid out the same schedule for their chamber, including an announcement that Aug. 18 will be a non-voting session for them as well.