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ov. Beverly Perdue has finished with the stack of bills left on her desk when legislators left town. She signed most of them. Some she vetoed. A few weren’t signed at all.
She put her veto stamp on Medicaid and health choice provider requirements, a regulatory reform act that would shift some decision-making authority to the Office of Administrative Hearings from state agencies, and a bill she says infringes on her constitutional powers.
In fact, Perdue stated the Medicaid and regulatory bills have constitutional questions, and she cites the opinion of Attorney General Roy Cooper as a source.
The vetoes add to the body of work the legislature may undertake when it returns to Raleigh later this month to work on redistricting.
When a veto is exercised, the governor must return the bill to the General Assembly, listing objections to the bill. The legislature is enjoined to reconsider. If lawmakers do not reconsider a vetoed bill or fail to override the veto, the bill is dead. There is a time limit on how long the House and the Senate can play with a veto.
Perdue likes most of the Medicaid bill. She doesn’t like giving the aforementioned Office of Administrative Hearings any authority now resting with the Department of Health and Human Services. Since, as she stated, she does not have line-item veto power, she rejected the whole bill.
Lawmakers can amend the bill, they can get the three-fifths majorities and override the veto, or they can let it go and take up the issue at a future session.
However, those bills the governor does not sign eventually become law.
North Carolina does not permit the “pocket veto” exercised by U.S. presidens.
North Carolina, rightfully so, mandates that inaction has consequences favorable to unsigned legislation.
Our state, even if indirectly, makes every legislator and the governor stand and be counted.
— Hickory Daily