day 13 of 30: Drought bill (H2499) signed

July 31, 2008

Governor Easley signed one bill, House Bill 2499, into law on Thursday, July 31, 2008, day 13 of 30 days for gubernatorial action. This leaves 86 bills pending on the Governor’s desk.

The new law is:

S.L. 2008-143

H2499

Drought/Water Management Recommendations.

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Under Article II, Section 22 of the Constitution, the Governor has 30 days after adjournment to act on all pending bills, with July 19 being day one.   The 30-day period concludes at midnight, Sunday, August 17, 2008.  Any bills not acted on by the deadline become law on Monday, August 18, 2008. Bills sent to the Governor prior to adjournment where the 10-day limit had not run out at adjournment have a new 30-day clock.

2008 laws enacted are listed here in order of becoming law, and here in order of bill number.  These links are normally updated within a few business hours of action being taken.


day 12 of 30: no more bills signed

July 31, 2008

Governor Easley did not sign any bills Wednesday, July 30, 2008, day 12 of 30 days for gubernatorial action after sine die adjournment of the North Carolina General Assembly session.  This was not unexpected, as the Governor had shoulder surgery Tuesday.  Of the 113 bills pending on the Governor’s desk at adjournment of the 2007 Regular Session on July 18, 2008, 87 remain for action.

Under Article II, Section 22 of the Constitution, the Governor has 30 days after adjournment to act on all pending bills, with July 19 being day one.   The 30-day period concludes at midnight, Sunday, August 17, 2008.  Any bills not acted on by the deadline become law on Monday, August 18, 2008. Bills sent to the Governor prior to adjournment where the 10-day limit had not run out at adjournment have a new 30-day clock.

2008 laws enacted are listed here in order of becoming law, and here in order of bill number.  These links are normally updated within a few business hours of action being taken.


What if a bill is vetoed?

July 30, 2008

Under Article II, Section 22 of the Constitution, North Carolina Governor Mike Easley has 30 days after adjournment of the legislative session on July 18, 2008 to act on all pending bills, with July 19 being day one.   The 30-day period concludes at midnight, Sunday, August 17, 2008.  Any bills not acted on by the deadline become law on Monday, August 18, 2008.

If a bill is vetoed before the deadline for action, the Governor must reconvene the session to consider an override, unless a majority of the members of each house sign a statement that a reconvened session is not necessary.  The session can be held at any time after the veto, but it must convene not later than Wednesday, August 27, 2008, the 40th day after adjournment.

Here are the applicable constitutional provisions:

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day 11 of 30: no more bills signed

July 30, 2008

Governor Easley did not sign any bills Tuesday, July 29, 2008, day 11 of 30 days for gubernatorial action after sine die adjournment of the North Carolina General Assembly session.  This was not unexpected, as the Governor had shoulder surgery Tuesday.  Of the 113 bills pending on the Governor’s desk at adjournment of the 2007 Regular Session on July 18, 2008, 87 remain for action.

Under Article II, Section 22 of the Constitution, the Governor has 30 days after adjournment to act on all pending bills, with July 19 being day one.   The 30-day period concludes at midnight, Sunday, August 17, 2008.  Any bills not acted on by the deadline become law on Monday, August 18, 2008. Bills sent to the Governor prior to adjournment where the 10-day limit had not run out at adjournment have a new 30-day clock.

2008 laws enacted are listed here in order of becoming law, and here in order of bill number.  These links are normally updated within a few business hours of action being taken.


Day 10 of 30: Governor Easley signs 26 bills

July 29, 2008

Governor Easley signed 26 bills into law on Monday, July 28, 2008, day ten of 30 days for gubernatorial action. This leaves 87 bills pending on the Governor’s desk.

The 26 new laws are:

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Bill signings July 28 to be posted soon

July 29, 2008

While none of the 113 bills pending on the Governor’s desk at adjournment of the 2007 Regular Session on July 18, 2008 had been signed as of close of business Sunday, July 27, 2008, day nine of 30 days for gubernatorial action, we understand that 20-25 bills were signed on Monday, July 28, 2008, and we hope to have those posted and online by 2:00 pm today.


Special Assessments for Infrastructure – HB 1770

July 29, 2008

I have gotten several inquiries about House Bill 1770  of the 2007 Regular Session (passed by the General Assembly and pending action by the Governor) which authorizes cities and counties to make assessments for infrastructure.

This started as a Senate Bill 2156, a local bill for Cabarrus County (not including any municipal authority)
The introduced version of Senate Bill 2156 was much more complicated. It was modeled after South Carolina’s County Public Works Improvement Act, passed in 1993.

The Senate Finance Committee adopted a committee substitute for the bill that made it apply to four counties, greatly simplified it, changed the purposes, and added municipalities in those four counties. 

The project then got transferred to House Bill 1770 for procedural reasons. It was made into a statewide bill, with the only substantive change being the addition of public transportation as an assessment purpose.

Here is the bill summary prepared by committee staff, edited to reflect final action:

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