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Finishing up in the House

Posted July 27, 2011

After a whirlwind week of map drawing and veto overrides, House Speaker Thom Tillis said tonight the House schedule Thursday will be light.

Tillis said the only items he intends to take up tomorrow are H719, a Senate proposal to rewrite voting maps for several counties, and the adjournment resolution that will set the terms for the next special session. “I expect we’ll be out of here by early afternoon tomorrow,” Tillis said.

Rumors abounded late today that the House could take action on a same-sex marriage amendment, and that a series of local bills were being rewritten to institute voter ID requirements at the county level. (Local bills are not subject to veto.) 

But Tillis said neither issue would be taken up Thursday. “Nothing's gonna happen tomorrow except a lot of happy legislators going home a little bit early,” he said this evening. 

The House began the process today of trying to override the veto of S727, the measure that would have stripped teachers’ group NCAE of its ability to collect dues via state payroll deduction. But after heated debate, House leaders postponed the vote. Tillis doesn’t expect they’ll try it again Thursday.  Tillis on amendments, vetoes

“I want to get out of here. I think the other members do. It’s been a tough week for the minority caucus with redistricting,” Tillis said. “I think what we want to do is adjourn and move along.”

Tillis confirmed September 12 as the date lawmakers plan to come back for their special session on constitutional amendments.

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  • marktroll Jul 29, 2011

    Too bad NC will not have to spend funds we do not have becuase they wont have to defend any issues in Federal Court. The Democrats will put us in the national headlines again. Just as they did with Jim Black, and John Edwards and the irrelevant governor. Again.....can't wait to see ALL of them go.

  • dlphnwmn8 Jul 29, 2011

    Too bad NC will have to spend funds we do not have defending several issues in Federal Court. The Republicans will put us in the national headlines again. Just as they did with the EB Benefits. Again.....can't wait to see them go.

  • marktroll Jul 28, 2011

    Can't wait to vote the rest of the dem's out.

  • dlphnwmn8 Jul 28, 2011

    Can't wait to vote these guys out.

  • driverkid3 Jul 28, 2011

    sheath, you stated:::Ya think? The GOP has hijacked NC and, as one voter, I am thoroughly disgusted. It goes to show that legal doesn't equate fairness.

    Explain to me, please, what was "fair" about the way thing have been done for the last 100 or so years? Tell me what is UNFAIR about this. Is it because it does NOT follow that was done before? I will wait for your answer, and give you all the time you need to come up with a logical answer.

  • ljohnson247 Jul 28, 2011

    Tillis and the GOP. We are not happy at this point. You failed to do what the majority of voters want, voter photo ID. You let the Gov and the Dems take you out behind the barn and give you a good whipping. Good luck in 2012. NC is in the middle of States that have voter photo ID, we guess their elected officials kept their word and had the power to do something.

  • MoniqueNC Jul 27, 2011

    "It’s been a tough week for the minority caucus with redistricting." Ya think? The GOP has hijacked NC and, as one voter, I am thoroughly disgusted. It goes to show that legal doesn't equate fairness.