07.22.2011 Legislative Report: 2011 Long Session of the NC General Assembly
Long Session of the NC General Assembly
The North Carolina General Assembly adjourned the 2011 long session on June 18. The last few weeks of the long session, which began in late January, included marathon floor debates as the House and Senate considered and voted on hundreds of bills, including the first veto and veto override of a budget in North Carolina history. Gov. Perdue had until Thursday, June 30, 2011, to veto, sign or allow to become law the 212 bills that landed on her desk on June 20. In the end, Gov. Perdue vetoed a total of 15 bills this session.
Partisan lines were drawn as Perdue took across the state her message that the Republican-controlled Legislature could have spared cuts to education by continuing a one-cent sales tax. The tax, which expired on June 30, 2011, was added by the Legislature two years ago. The Republican leadership argued that the state budget could sustain the cuts without harm to education and other programs, and that members were elected on campaign promises to cut taxes and cut state spending.
In an historic move, Perdue vetoed the budget. Then, with the help of five House Democrats, House and Senate Republicans overrode the veto. The new budget, which took effect on July 1, 2011, passed more than two weeks before the end of the State's fiscal year. In recent memory, lawmakers have failed to pass a budget by the June 30 deadline, instead passing continuing resolutions to keep state government running until a budget was complete.
Other legislation adopted with the support of the North Carolina business community included tort reform, regulatory reform, state tax law reform, workers' compensation reform, medical malpractice reform and economic development incentives.
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