Lawmakers stick to plans for quiet Sunday night

Despite rampant speculation among Democrats and advocacy groups that House Republicans were up to something "furtive" and "underhanded" in calling a Sunday night session, the ten-minute meeting proved as uneventful as leaders said it would be.

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NC House Speaker Thom Tillis
Laura Leslie

House Speaker Thom Tillis stuck to his word tonight. 

Despite rampant speculation among Democrats and advocacy groups that House Republicans were planning a "furtive" and "underhanded" veto override of Voter ID or the Energy Jobs Act in Sunday night's session, the ten-minute session proved as uneventful as legislative leaders had promised.

In the House, a conference report was read in, a bill was re-referred, two committee meetings were announced, and that's pretty much all that happened – just as Tillis and Senate Leader Phil Berger had pledged when they announced the unusual Sunday-night-on-a-holiday-weekend session.

Tillis thanked those who showed up for Sunday's session. "As stated at the end of our prior session, there was no intent to take up any matters or any votes today," Tillis said. "The chair regrets that you had to come in and cut your holiday weekend short." 

The few lawmakers who showed up for tonight's "skeleton" or procedural session were greeted by a group of protesters outside the building, chanting their opposition to SB 709, the "Energy Jobs Act." The protestors were from the group "Croatan Earth First" and from local Occupy camps. 

SB709 was vetoed by the governor earlier this summer. Legislators could vote on whether to override that veto tomorrow or Tuesday.

House Session Monday is scheduled for 2 p.m., with a 1:30 p.m. Rules committee meeting on a conference report that may or may not include language enabling live-dealer gaming at Cherokee casinos.

The Senate side was even less eventful, but Monday will be busier. Senate Judiciary meets at 2:30 p.m. Monday in 643 LOB for a public hearing on Senate Bill 9, a proposal to roll back much of the Racial Justice Act. (The House has already approved that proposal.) The full Senate could vote on SB9 Monday when it convenes at 4 p.m.

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