RALEIGH – Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature found some common ground on 12 bills that McCrory announced he signed into to law yesterday. While the Governor was signing the bills, just down the street the House was voting to override his veto of the Magistrates Recusal for Civil Ceremonies bill.
While none of the new laws drew a ton of fire from opponents, the move signals productivity after two weeks of vetoes and overrides. The new laws include one that would allow N.C. Supreme Court judges to be re-elected in retention elections. Under the law voters will be asked to retain justices, rather than have two-candidate races every eight years.
Also on the list is a law that frees up Brasstown to hold its annual New Year’s Eve opossum drop by creating a December 29-January 2 window where local and state wildlife ordinances don’t apply to the opossum. The law follows a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals last year that stopped the town from lowering an opossum in a plexiglass box at midnight on New Year’s before releasing the animal to the wild. For a complete list of the signed legislation, click here.
The week of vetoes and signings also follows the N.C. GOP Convention last weekend, where the more socially conservative and moderate members of the party worked hard to keep the focus on common ground such as lower taxes, the $400 million state budget surplus, and dropping unemployment numbers. McCrory continued that theme following the veto override.
“I will continue to stand up for conservative principles that respect and obey the oath of office for public officials across our state and nation, ” he said in a statement. “While some inside the beltline are focused on symbolic issues, I remain focused on the issues that are going to have the greatest impact on the next generation such as creating jobs, building roads, strengthening education and improving our quality of life.”
While the Republican-led legislature and governor hammer out their agendas, North Carolina’s state politics are drawing national attention as an influential swing state in the 2016 presidential elections. Last week, Republicans signaled agreement on moving the state’s 2016 primary election date in order to comply with primary scheduling rules and avoid a 60-delegate penalty.