State

House completes another override, goes home

The Republican-dominated legislature has completed its ninth override from among Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's 12 vetoes so far this year, this one on a wide-ranging regulatory bill.

The House voted late Thursday to make the measure state law despite Cooper's objections that it rolled back water quality protections, particularly on stormwater restrictions for building projects. The Senate's override vote that occurred several hours before also exceeded the three-fifths threshold required.
    
The override vote was the House's last action before members wrapped up a special session that began Wednesday. The Senate left town late Thursday afternoon. The chambers plan to hold perfunctory floor meetings for the next two weeks so Cooper has only 10 days - not 30 -  to sign or veto legislation they approved during the special session. Otherwise, the next special session is scheduled for January.

Earlier Thursday, A redrawn map of North Carolina's election districts for trial court judges and local prosecutors cleared the House. But it won't be taken up by the Senate - if it all - until at least January.
    
The House voted 69-43 late Thursday for the redistricting, which the chief Republican that led the effort says would bring uniformity and fairness to how District and Superior Court judges are elected. Rep. Justin Burr says it's time to act because court leaders and lawmakers have failed to do so for several decades.
    
Democrats voting against the measure said urban counties that favor their party are split so that more Republicans will be elected. They also suggested litigation was likely because the maps could force an inordinate number of black judges to run against each other.
    
Senators earlier Thursday wrapped up their work for a special session. The next session begins Jan. 10.


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