Perdue vetoes first bill

November 16, 2009 7:53:55 AM PST
Beverly Perdue has vetoed her first bill as North Carolina governor, blocking legislation that expands what requests and documents General Assembly members can keep confidential.Perdue said Thursday the bill approved unanimously by the House and Senate last month unnecessarily adds new restrictions on public access to legislative information.

The decision means she must call legislators back to Raleigh within 10 days so they can consider whether to override the veto.

The governor had until midnight to clear her desk of five remaining bills left behind by the Legislature when it adjourned in August. She had already signed more than 100 bills into law.

North Carolina governors have vetoed 10 bills since the chief executive received the authority in 1997.

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