Perdue's desk piled with bills from GOP lawmakers

Posted June 20, 2011

— Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue said Monday she'll closely review more than 200 bills the Republican-led legislature gave her before it left Raleigh over the weekend, even though she's got less time than usual to examine them.

General Assembly staff were expected to present to Perdue on Monday 109 bills approved by lawmakers in the session's closing hours before they went home Saturday. Another 114 were already on her desk.

"They're bundled high priority, medium priority and really low priority," she said as she signed four bills to help people in the military with tuition, voting and health care.

Perdue warned that other bills might not receive a similar positive reception.

"At the end of the day, I'm not going to sign anything I don't feel comfortable with for the people of North Carolina," she said. "Public policy in a democracy should be – must be – debated in a public forum. That's what transparency's about, and I think there is a lack of transparency as we dig into the details of some of the legislation."

There's little doubt Perdue will add to her record total of vetoes for North Carolina's chief executive. She's got seven so far this year, and no other North Carolina governor had used the veto stamp more than twice in a calendar year since voters gave the governor veto power in 1997.

Last week, she made history again by placing a red veto stamp on the two-year budget bill, which became law when Republicans overrode her with the help of a handful of Democrats.

She also vetoed a bill Saturday that would have stripped North Carolina Association of Educators of its ability to have voluntary membership dues deducted directly from teachers' paychecks. The association is a close Perdue political ally. The veto will likely stand since the bill was approved largely along party lines.

Perdue didn't give any hints Monday about what other bills she would likely veto.

"There's several obviously jumping out at me," she said.

Perdue signs bills Perdue's desk piled with bills from GOP lawmakers

Statements from her office and her political philosophy make it very likely she'll veto bills requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot and requiring any woman seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound and wait 24 hours after a counseling session on medical risks. Medical malpractice changes and gun-rights legislation also are awaiting her decisions.

Damon Circosta, executive director of the North Carolina Center for Voter Education, said he hopes Perdue vetoes the voter ID measure, calling it a voter suppression bill.

"Democracy is not a 95 percent proposition," Circosta said. "There are some people who don't have a photo ID, so we have to make sure that, as we're making these big changes in state government, we don't leave their voices out."

A governor usually has 30 days after the adjournment to consider bills, but the state constitution provides for the 30-day window for the governor only if lawmakers also leave town for at least 30 days. Because the General Assembly returns to work July 13 for a redistricting and election law session, Perdue has only the usual 10 days to sign or veto each pending bill.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said the legislature "sent her a lot of good legislation, and I would hope that she would sign them all. But she's still apparently got that big jar of red ink, and we'll see."

Lawmakers would considered potential veto overrides during the July 13 session.


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  • Plenty Coups Jun 21, 2011

    North Carolina Home- As I understand it, the medicaid claims system has been delayed by trying to computerize the records as required by mew laws. I don't know enough about the issue to know what the problem is. If it came out that there was corruption or incompetence, you can bet I'd be pretty angry. But I don't know that.

  • North Carolina Home Jun 21, 2011

    Plenty...where is your outrage over the fact that the contract for Medicaid claims processing system is now delayed for over two years and is going to cost over half a million dollars to taxpayers due to extensions.

    Remember, Lanier Cansler was a contract employee for the company that won the contract and was appointed by Veto Bev to head the Dept. of Health and Human Services with some very questionable hires and promotions.

    So, I ask, where is your outrage over the increased cost to taxpayers in this poor economic environment. Is that OK with you since it's in your Democratic house?

    BTW, the increased cost of this would have more than made up for the cuts in Education budget.

  • Karmageddon Jun 21, 2011

    We used to have Senator NO ...... now we have Gov PERDON'T

  • SARCASTICLES Jun 21, 2011

    I agree, Plenty Coups....this really isn't a bad idea, I've never committed voter fraud myself, but have always wondered why you aren't required to show a valid ID when voting. It makes sense, plain and simple. The timing in this crusade is suspect, however....notice how voter fraud became a major concern right AFTER the Mid-Terms? Their motives are transparent, and do not bear close inspection. They HATE that. ;)

  • Plenty Coups Jun 21, 2011

    "So basically what ANY politician is saying by not allowing this bill to become law is that they support breaking the law and that the only penalty is deportation."

    What? That's quite a stretch. Quite a few poor and elderly people don't have ID's. I doubt illegals would take a chance at deportation by voting.If this bill didn't cost millions, it might not be a bad idea.

  • SARCASTICLES Jun 21, 2011

    "What's good for BUSINESS is good for AMERICA"

    One of the best lines in the movie, "Kelly's Heroes"......Don Rickles: "Make a DEAL! This guy might be a REPUBLICAN! BUSINESS is BUSINESS!" ;)

  • green27712 Jun 21, 2011

    I cannot IMAGINE anyone without a photo ID in this day and age. It is almost required anymore to even cash a paycheck or have a bank account.
    In fact I can only see ONE scenario where one wouldn't...if you are in this country illegally.
    Politicians that are against this bill are only out for ONE thing more votes that they should not receive.
    If you are a felon in the United States you lose your right to vote. So basically what ANY politician is saying by not allowing this bill to become law is that they support breaking the law and that the only penalty is deportation. If anyone uses the excuse that they don't have a photo ID then they are just plain lazy to not go get one.
    What I would REALLY like to see lawmakers do is to put more pressure on insurance companies to take responsibility and pay the medical bills for those that were injured in automobile accidents by their insured motorists. GEICO for one. They sav you $$ on your insurance, at whose cost?

  • The Deadhead Jun 21, 2011

    This may have been pointed out, but the gov does not have to sign any of these bills for them to become law. There were 1,721 bills but only a handful got through the committees and all 3 readings..etc.

  • Plenty Coups Jun 21, 2011

    "Raise taxes and jobs move out or overseas"

    Jobs aren't moving overseas because of taxes. It's called paying someone a dollar a day.

  • 5Rs Jun 21, 2011

    "There are tax cuts for out of state businesses that do business in NC.(as reported in todays News and Observer) That should help the average sitizen out tremendously." - Plenty Coups

    Cause and effect: Raise taxes and jobs move out or overseas. Or lower taxes and keep them here. But Liberals want to raise taxes and then demonize the businesses for moving.