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Perdue vetoes first bill

Posted September 10, 2009 4:21 p.m. EDT
Updated September 10, 2009 4:27 p.m. EDT

— 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.