(Raleigh News Observer) Just before they left town on Thursday for the long holiday weekend, Republican leaders in the state House casually added a vetoed bill to the calendar for future consideration.
The bill, repealing the Racial Justice Act, joins four other bills vetoed by Gov. Bev Perdue in what House Speaker Thom Tillis has dubbed the “veto garage,” where they remain parked until Tillis thinks he has enough votes to successfully override. Lawmakers return to work Tuesday.
This concept of a metaphorical parking deck is a new one in North Carolina, arriving last year with the GOP takeover of the General Assembly, pitting the majority of lawmakers against a Democratic governor. But just how long bills can stay parked there before their meters expire is a question coming to a head soon.
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