This week was extremely active at the General Assembly. We loved having REALTORS® from across the state in Raleigh to advocate for our important priorities. Now for some important information and a little bit of fun!
- On Wednesday, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 99 (“2018 Appropriations Act”). On Thursday, the Senate overrode the veto by a vote of 34-13. The House is expected to hold an override vote early next week.
- Legislators remain on their announced adjournment timeline and are expected to wrap up their business by the end of June.
- The first constitutional amendment proposal of this year has been filed which would require voters to present photo identification at the polls.
INSIDE BASEBALL—GLOSSARY OF TERMS
VETO: In 1996, North Carolina became the last state in the U.S. to amend its constitution to grant the Governor the ability to veto a piece of legislation approved by the General Assembly. Unlike in other states who have the veto power, the Governor must veto the entire bill and cannot use a tool referred to as a line-item veto, allowing them to veto portions of the legislation. To override a Governor’s veto, both chambers must pass motions which are approved by three-fifths of the members present. In the General Assembly, that means that 72 House members and 30 Senate members would have to vote in favor of overriding the motion. At this time, both chambers have legislative representation which grants them “veto-proof” majorities.
In this section, we will highlight the current status of NC REALTORS® Legislative Priorities.
House Bill 1040 “Amend Sum Eject Service/Allow Process Server.” —Passed the House Judiciary 3 Committee on Wednesday; the bill will be heard by the full House of Representatives on Monday, June 11
House Bill 933 “Reciprocity/School Psychologist Licensure.” —This bill includes the association health plan language which was discussed in this week’s Legislative Day Talking Points. It was heard for discussion only in the Senate Healthcare Committee. It is expected to be voted on by the committee early next week.
Since this section is both about politics and fun videos, we wanted to let you see both sides of the argument. So here is a dog video!