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House overrides NCAE bill veto in unplanned late-night session

Posted January 5, 2012

— In an unprecedented move early Thursday, the North Carolina General Assembly voted to hold a special legislative session after midnight for veto overrides, prompting a sharp rebuke from Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue.

Perdue said the Republican-controlled legislature's actions were unconstitutional.

The House voted 69-45 to override the governor's veto of Senate Bill 727, which stops the North Carolina Association of Educators from collecting dues from teachers' paychecks via payroll deduction.

The Senate has already overridden the NCAE bill veto, so it now becomes law. NCAE Spokesman Brian Lewis, however, said the group plans to challenge the law in court.

The session was scheduled for 12:45 a.m., seemingly to bypass constitutional limits barring lawmakers from taking up anything other than Senate Bill 9 in Wednesday's legislative session.

In a statement, Perdue blasted Republican lawmakers, saying they violated the North Carolina Constitution by considering matters other than her veto of Senate Bill 9, which would have gutted key sections of the Racial Justice Act. Legislative Session Democrats, Republicans at odds over late-night legislative session

"The Republicans in the General Assembly didn't have the votes to get what they wanted legally. So, in the dark of the night, they engaged in an unprecedented, unconstitutional power grab," Perdue wrote. "I am saddened for the people of North Carolina that the Republicans abused their power and chose this destructive path."

The Senate voted Wednesday to override the Senate Bill 9 veto, but the House sent the measure to a judiciary committee after failing to muster enough Democratic votes.

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  • Chuck U Farley Jan 5, 1:34 p.m.

    Hmm, a midnight vote. That sounds familiar. Oh yeah, that's how the Dems passed the LOTTERY!

  • mc2 Jan 5, 12:20 p.m.

    Disgraceful!! A dreadful performance by the Republicans - acting in the darkness of night. NC voters will have their revenge.

  • luedart Jan 5, 11:14 a.m.

    whatusay: do you like just to make comments without the facts?!!! you must like seeing your code name in print. NCAE only one targeted... not PENC who still has payroll deductions.

  • whatusay Jan 5, 9:55 a.m.

    tarheeldude.... if the state has to pay someone to collect dues, maintain records, distribute checks to a union, in effect....NC does subsidize members who pay dues. Looks like a few state employees might not be needed. Maybe that was the reason for the veto, to reduce the size of NC gov't.

  • whatusay Jan 5, 9:52 a.m.

    NC is a right to work state. If teachers want to remain in the union they must pay their dues. I am sure they will start receiving loads of pamphlets from their union explaining the benefits of remaining loyal. Unions exist solely as a political group and must have money to pay off politicians.

  • babbleon Jan 5, 9:38 a.m.

    Why is the state involved in the technical details of how a private organization manages its transactions?

    1) Teachers are NOT required to join NCAE, so this is not "putting money back in teachers' pockets." To do that, they just choose not to join.

    2) State subsidized? To set up an automatic payroll deduction via an existing mechanism? Bull.

    3) Why is it a big deal? It shouldn't be. It never should have been a law. The GOP made it a big deal because they want to interfere with NCAE and increase its costs. Processing credit cards and checks costs more than automatic money transfers.

    Talk about big govt!!!!!

  • tarheeldude Jan 5, 9:35 a.m.

    Retroconsultant obviously is ignorant and doesn't care to know what is correct---North Carolina, nor does any other state, subsidize the dues educators pay to be members. Why do we taxpayers continue to allow these legislators to attack public education and the employees?

  • nanasix Jan 5, 9:05 a.m.

    GOOD JOB!!!!!!! I'm proud of you for having the guts to do what was needed. Bev thinks she has the right to do what she wants to, but you showed her this time. THANK YOU.

  • kayfran4272 Jan 5, 8:37 a.m.

    What's the big deal? If teachers want to pay dues to NCAE, they can write a check and mail it once a year.

  • retroconsultant Jan 5, 8:32 a.m.

    Explain why the state should subsidize the union collection of dues. Explain why the teachers should be pressured by "it is easy, all you have to do is sign the form".

    This override is actually good for the teachers, they get to take home more money.

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