Easley Asks General Assembly To Reconvene About Vetoed Bill
Posted November 11, 2002 1:46 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — A special session of the state Legislature was announced Monday by Gov. Mike Easley to reconsider a bill he vetoed last week naming people to boards and commission.
The General Assembly will reconvene Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 1:30 p.m. Last week, Easley announced that he vetoed
Senate Bill 1283
that contained appointments to boards, but the governor said the bill was filled with problems.
Some of the problems with the appointments -- which are unsalaried but pay travel expenses and daily stipends for meetings of about $100 to about $200 - include:
Easley's veto message pointed out that two appointees are dead; they died after the bill was passed into law. The bill also "mistakenly makes six appointments that are required to be made by the Governor," he wrote.
The appointments provide legislative leaders the opportunity to reward supporters and to shape state regulatory policy. Basnight and Black, both Democrats, decided to create 31 new board and commission positions.
In his veto message, Easley - also a Democrat - criticized the increase in state costs during a budget crisis.
A spokeswoman for Basnight emphasized that about half the appointments are paid for through fees from the industries they regulate and not tax dollars.
"Senator Basnight doesn't see a problem with increasing North Carolinians' role in their government," said Amy Fulk, Basnight's communications director.
The appointments apparently had little to do with whether the boards themselves thought they needed to grow.
"No one here had any advance notice," said Terry Wright, deputy director of the Private Protective Services Board, which would have gained two new members under the vetoed bill. The board regulates private security firms.
Wright and others found out when the board's lawyer saw the appointments bill on the General Assembly Web site.
"That was a bit of a surprise," said Mel Black, executive director of the appraisal board, which grew by two seats, one appointed by Black and the other by Basnight.