The North Carolina General Assembly made it clear who is running the state and it isn’t Gov. Roy Cooper.
The state legislature overrode six of Cooper’s vetoes on Wednesday, Aug. 16. Those six bills have now become law despite the fact that Cooper vetoed them.
The North Carolina governor has three choices when a bill is passed by both houses of the legislature and sent to his desk. The governor can sign the bill into law. The governor can do nothing and the bill becomes law in 10 days without his or her signature. Or the governor can veto the bill, in which case it takes a vote of 60 percent of the House and 60 percent of the Senate to pass the bill over the governor’s veto.
Cooper is a Democrat and the Republicans have veto-proof majorities in both the state House and state Senate, which means that if all the Republican legislators vote for a bill they can override Cooper’s veto.
The six bills that are now law despite the opposition of Cooper are:
- The Parents Bill of Rights, which gives parents more rights in regard to the education of their children and is designed to ensure that age-appropriate material is being taught in the schools.
- The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which bans biological men from competing in women’s sports.
- Prohibit Gender Transition Procedures for Minors, which outlaws gender-reassignment surgery, puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for children.
- The Charter School Omnibus Bill, which removes enrollment caps for some charter schools but does maintain enrollment caps for low-performing charter schools. It also allows counties to use property tax revenue to fund capital needs for charter schools.
- “An Act to Convert The Charter Schools Advisory Boar Into the Charter Schools Review Board, to Shift the Authority to Approve Charters from the State Board to the Review Board, and to Create a Right of Appeal to the State Board of Education from Review Board Decisions,” which, as the title indicates, gives the Charter Schools Review Board more power to control charter schools.
- Code Council Reorganization and Various Code Amendments, which creates a more balanced Residential Building Code Council and is designed to reduce construction costs for homebuilders.