N.C House of Representatives overrides Governor’s veto


News & Observer

Speaker of the House Tim Moore discussing the vote in a press conference on September 11.

  On September 11, the North Carolina House of Representatives overrode Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of their budget. Many are calling the vote unethical as only 64 out of the 120 members were present.  

 When Representative Jason Saine of Lincoln County made the motion to reconsider the state budget, the House was sent into chaos. With only 64 members in the house, Republicans could override the Governor’s veto of their budget. 

  Democrats that were in the House chamber claim that, according to House Minority leader Darren Jackson of Wake County, there was to be no voting during the 8:30 a.m session. Jackson claims to have heard this from Representative David Lewis of Harnett County, who has since denied the claim.  

  Ignoring protests from the Democrats in the chamber, Speaker of the House Tim Moore put the motion up for voting. The vote was 55 in the affirmative and nine in the negative. 

  The North Carolina Senate would still need to override the veto for the budget to become law. Governor Roy Cooper has called the override of his veto “unethical” and “illegal,” saying that “Today, on the 18th anniversary of 9/11, while the state was honoring first responders, Republicans called a deceptive, surprise override of my budget veto.” 

  The budget of North Carolina is up to the North Carolina Senate. If all senators are present for the vote, Republicans only need one Democrat to vote with them to override the veto.