Vetoes Await NC Lawmakers Who Want To Adjourn

By Steven Guerrera, Producer
POSTED: 8:08 AM Jul 02 2012
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RALEIGH, N.C. -

North Carolina lawmakers want to wrap up work for the year this week, but it's become more complicated because Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue has issued vetoes.

The House and Senate plan to return to Raleigh on Monday to tie up loose ends from the seven-week session with hopes of adjourning Tuesday. Republican leaders say they'll try to override three vetoes from Perdue in recent days.

The outgoing governor on Sunday vetoed a bill that would have authorized a type of shale gas exploration called fracking. She had already vetoed budget adjustments for the new fiscal year and a measure that scaled back the Racial Justice Act involving racial bias and the death penalty.

GOP lawmakers will have to get help from a handful of Democrats to override the vetoes.