Bev Perdue

Fracking Veto Overridden in NC–anyone smell a rat?

– A major policy decision by state lawmakers in the final hours of session is becoming law after a mistaken vote by a lawmaker.

The House was voting on whether or not to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a proposal to allow fracking in North Carolina.

Mecklenburg County Democrat Becky Carney voted for the override, which made the tally 72 to 45, just enough to override the veto.

But Carney actually meant to vote against the veto override.

“The point I want to make is I made a mistake. I am going to take full responsibility for my vote, but I will say this: It is after 11 at night, when we are taking up an issue like this. People are tired. They have slipped all night. You have heard people in there changing their votes on bills all night long. I made a mistake,” said Carney.

Carney was not allowed to change her vote because it would have changed the outcome of the vote.

The fracking bill will now become law.

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[does taking “full responsibility” include reimbursing those who will have repercussions from fracking?]

[are we supposed to accept her callous claim that her mistake was due to the time of the vote?  Odd that nobody else has had that problem last night–or before.  Coincidence? Maybe, if you believe in coincidence in politics.]

 

Perdue vetoes controversial fracking bill

Well, first she vetoed it.  Then she went on an “industry paid” trip to PA and came back telling the legislature to re-introduce the bill because she would not veto it this time.

Well, time came and she vetoed the bill at the last minute.  I publicly eat my hat for thinking that the Democratic Governor sold out and would approve fracking in NC.

In a statement released Sunday afternoon, Perdue said that, although she supports fracking, the legislation moves too quickly.

“This bill does not do enough to ensure that adequate protections for our drinking water, landowners, county and municipal governments, and the health and safety of our families will be in place before fracking begins,” Perdue said.

She says she tried to work with lawmakers, but they refused to negotiate.

“I urged the sponsors of the bill to adopt a few changes to ensure that strong protections would be in place before any fracking would occur,” Perdue said. “The General Assembly was unwilling to adopt the changes I suggested. Therefore, I must veto the bill.”

To read the article with all the details and recriminations, please click here