RALEIGH – Were supporters of Gov. McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2, the magistrate recusal act, ambushed by House leadership Thursday?
Minority Leader Larry Hall (D-Durham) thinks not. As we reported yesterday, at about 10:10 a.m. Hall said the following on the floor of the House:
“As we know, this matter has been parked in the veto garage for a while. The manner in which we now bring it to the floor, I would not call it ambush legislation. But certainly, the rules provide we do it this way.”
But on the other side of the “ambush” question was — House Minority Leader Larry Hall?
At 1:45 p.m., Hall tweeted:
— Larry Hall (@RepHall_Durham) June 11, 2015
So does Hall think it was an ambush or not?
There is no doubt that there was no debate Thursday. And Hall’s full speech clearly demonstrates that he was not happy with the way the legislation was handled.
Like Gov. Pat McCrory, Hall thought keeping the override vote on the House legislative calendar for over a week while waiting for the right right combination of present and absent members was wrong.
About the “veto garage,” McCrory said he was disappointed in “the process of passing legislation in North Carolina.” Hall echoed that by saying that “this is the wrong way to do this.”
At first we thought we might have misquoted Hall. One reader even suggested the quote we published might have been Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam (R-Wake) and not Hall. So we decided to go to the tape.
The audio of Hall’s speech is below. You can listen to the full session here.
We have reached out Hall’s office for clarification. We will update this story with anything we hear from him.