Governor Acts On Bills
Special Report - June 24, 2011
Last night, Governor Beverly Perdue signed into law 22 of the over 200 bills sent to her by the General Assembly, and vetoed a bill that would have required voters in North Carolina to provide a photo I.D. before they could cast their votes. A complete list of the bills the governor signed or vetoed on Thursday can be found here.
As expected, one of the 22 bills signed into law by the governor on Thursday was HB 588The Founding Principles Act, a bill that would add a new semester-long history course to the North Carolina curriculum for high school students and will be required for graduation, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. The course would include instruction on the philosophical principles found in the documents of the nation’s founding, including “the Creator-endowed inalienable rights,” the structure of government, private property rights, personal responsibility, the rule of law, and federalism, among other subjects.
The governor also signed into law another education-related bill, SB 498Modify Law Re: Corporal Punishment, which allows parents to give written notice if they choose to exempt their child from receiving corporal punishment from school officials.
Governor Perdue vetoed HB 351Restore Confidence in Government, a bill that would have required voters to provide photo identification in order to vote. It would have created a voter registration card that would be available free of charge to voters who do not already have one of the approved forms of voter identification. Under the measure, voters without a photo ID would have been able to cast a provisional ballot, which would have been counted once the voter provided proof of his or her identity in person at the county board of elections. HB 351 was the eighth bill the Governor has vetoed this yeara record for any North Carolina governor.
There are a number of key pro-family bills that are still awaiting a decision by the governor, who has 10 days to decide whether to sign or veto a bill once she receives it. If she neither signs nor vetoes a bill, it becomes law after 10 days. Among the important measures on the governor’s desk are: HB 854Abortion-Woman’s Right to Know Act, a bill to help ensure that women considering abortion are provided with complete and accurate information about the procedure and their unborn child; HB 289Authorize Various Special Plates, a measure that would authorize a number of specialty license plates, including a “Choose Life” plate that would help to support the work of pregnancy life care centers across the state; and HB 344Tax Credits for Children with Disabilities, a bill that would allow the parents of children with disabilities to be eligible to receive an educational tax credit of up to $6,000 per year, provided that they meet certain requirements.
The 10 day limit expires on Monday, June 27 for HB 854, and on June 30 for HB 289 and HB 344.
2011 Legislative Review - June 22, 2011
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