Update on Governor Perdue’s Actions on Pending Legislation
Governor (Beverly) Perdue has been reviewing more than 200 bills since Monday, Jun 20. She has until Jun 30th to sign, veto, or let the bills become law without her signature.
The status of key bills:
1. Voter Photo ID - The governor vetoed the bill on Jun 23, 2011 stating, “North Carolinians who are eligible to vote have a constitutionally guaranteed right to cast their ballots, and no one should put up obstacles to citizens exercising that right.”
It is obvious to 75 percent* of voters in NC that a photo ID serves to determine “eligibility” of voters, and is a deterrent to those who attempt to vote more than once, or who are not the person they purport to be.
(*From Elon University polling in April 2011. Other NC polling on Voter Photo IDs has ranged from 70% to 84% approving of the legislation.)
Opponents allege that some people do not have photo identification, it would be an additional cost they cannot afford, and they would be “disenfranchised.” However, the facts are that the bill “requires the state to provide a photo ID to those who don’t have one at no cost to those citizens.”
(Press Release from President Pro Tempore Phil Berger)
Senate President Pro Tempore Berger said, “We shouldn’t be surprised by how far the governor will go to score political points with the liberal wing of her party. A measure that ensures voters are who they say they are is a no-brainer, and most North Carolinians agree. It’s a shame Gov. Perdue is playing politics with the integrity of elections.”
[House Speaker Thom Tillis "announced Friday that the North Carolina House will attempt to override Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of the voter ID bill when the body reconvenes in July." ] See post, here.
2. Employers Must E-Verify Immigration Status (HB36) - Governor Perdue signed the bill into law Friday, Jun 24. It requires employers with 25 or more employees to use the federal E-Verify program to determine the legal status of new employees. For large companies the law is effective in 2012 and for small companies it is effective in 2013. The legislation also requires that local governments use E-verify in Oct 2011.
3. Gun-Rights Law (HB650) – Gov. Perdue signed a bill that gives citizens more “legal standing to protect themselves against unlawful entry into their homes, workplaces and vehicles,” effective Dec 1, 2011. (News & Record)
4. Laura’s Law (HB49) – Signed Jun 24, the law “creates harsher punishment for repeat DWI offenders.” The bill was inspired by the death of Laura Fortenberry, a Gaston County teenager killed last year by a drunk driver. Her grandmother is Kay Roukema, Caldwell County Republican Women. (WRAL)
5. Important bills being considered by the governor are the following: Medical Malpractice (SB33); Workers’ Compensation (HB709); Abortion – A Woman’s Right to Know (HB854); Annexation Reform (HB945); Oil and Gas Exploration (SB709); and Restrictions on Lawsuits (HB542), among others.
The governor’s office has received over 1,000 telephone calls about the legislation awaiting her decisions, and “. . . more than a fourth were in opposition to SB709″ that focuses on energy independence in NC by encouraging “offshore oil and gas exploration and inland shale gas exploration.” Other calls to the governor concerned the abortion bill that includes a 24-hour waiting period and information from a medical doctor to the pregnant woman before the life of a baby is terminated. Records show that 56% of those calling the governor support the bill. However, 78% of those emailing were opposed. (News & Observer)
She has also received more than 32,000 emails on legislative issues, “. . . more than 4000 that addressed SB781,” a bill that environmentalists oppose. (News & Observer)
The Left, including environmentalists and pro-choice advocates, are busy emailing and calling the governor. We must be proactive in the same way. Governor Perdue’s telephone numbers are: (800) 662-7952 and (919) 733-2391. Her Fax is (919) 733-2120. Her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.