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Perdue vetoes first bill

Posted September 10, 2009

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— Gov. Beverly Perdue on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have restricted public access to some legislative documents.

The veto was Perdue's first since taking office in January.

“Transparency and accountability are hallmarks of my administration," Perdue said in a statement. "If this legislation became law, documents that are currently public record would become private. Additionally, this bill treats certain state employees unequally.”

House Bill 104 would have made materials related to the drafting of bills and correspondence between lawmakers confidential, and legislative employees who violated that confidentiality could have been fired.

Perdue said the bill was passed Aug. 10, and significant changes were made in the final days of the legislative session.

Under state law, she must call a special session by Sept. 20 to give lawmakers the option of overriding her veto.

Only one gubernatorial veto has ever been overridden in North Carolina history.

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  • FromClayton Sep 11, 2009

    well good. i can actually agree with this. I wanna know what sneaky lawmakers tried to pass this through too. Report on that WRAL. Let us know who has something to hide!

  • smallfaucet426 Sep 11, 2009

    I just think of these things as 'make believe' and that helps
    me get through it.....
    she is a dolt.........

  • lkanzig Sep 11, 2009

    “Transparency and accountability are hallmarks of my administration," Perdue said in a statement.

    how can she say that with a straight face?
    so far its been coverups, shady dealings and major mismanagement! although doing the veto is a good thing, it does not make up for all the other disasters she has done or created.

  • grgrowen Sep 10, 2009

    Finally, Bev is showing some backbone. I don't generally agree with any of her views, but in this she is

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Sep 10, 2009

    Good for her!! This is something, probably the first thing, that I can totally agree with her on!