Midnight override

Posted June 14, 2011

The House was expected to hold its veto override vote Wednesday. But not at 12:05 a.m. 

Speaker Thom Tillis announced at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday that the House would stay till midnight and then take the override vote just after that, even though a daytime session is scheduled for Wednesday. 

Tillis said he made the decision because the override vote has become "a distraction we don't need."  The five Democrats have received thousands of emails, he said, and security has been stepped up throughout the complex. 

"This is a bill the governor has had in her possession for weeks," Tillis said. "Every day that we wait is another day agencies wait for certainty."

Tillis also said Republicans would "call the question" - that is, cut off debate - allowing only caucus leaders Stam and Hackney to address the override vote. 

"This has been debated," Tillis said.  "We all know where we stand." 

Critics suggested another explanation for the midnight vote: State teachers' group NCAE is planning to bring teachers to the legislature Wednesday to lobby lawmakers, especially the five Democrats.

The Senate is expected to take up the veto Thursday, but with an advantage in that chamber of 31-19, the GOP has the votes needed to override without Democratic allies. 

Tillis said lawmakers are hoping to finish their session Friday. 

WRAL will cover the veto override vote live at 12:05am Wednesday.  


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  • socialjustice64 Jun 15, 2011

    Asked why the vote was scheduled for an unusual post-midnight session instead of during daylight hours Wednesday, Tillis said, "When you consider the distraction and the time that would have been spent between the time we woke up tomorrow morning and the time we took the veto, we'd have lost productivity."

    Apparently that kind of "productivity" is worth the 6 figure raises Tillis is passing out to his staff! Gut the budget and then RAISE your staff salaries by 27%! Now, THAT'S classic REPUBLICAN.

  • agman Jun 15, 2011

    Way to go Speaker Tillis. First time in years we have had people in Raleigh with the ability to think for themselves and not being led by a bunch of wingnuts. You were elected to save this state and you are doing exactly what needed to be done.

    I could care less what Madam Gov. wants, she is a short timer anyway.

  • atticush Jun 15, 2011

    Whooooo!Hoooo! Mississippi,here we come, baby! M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I !!!!!!

  • 1 awesome Dad Jun 15, 2011

    Oh so the GOP just pulled out the veto because the cowards just dont want to have to hear lobbying from the ones that are getting their throat cut.

    Thanks Thom for selling us all out and hope you enjoy your budget as we all are anxiously awaiting the return of the cheese and butter lines that are sure to come soon.