Teachers' organization fires back over veto override

January 5, 2012 2:25:45 PM PST
A group of North Carolina teachers is firing back at Republican lawmakers and promising legal action. They're accusing Republicans in the State House of pulling a fast one.

Early Thursday morning, Republicans in the House voted to override Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of a bill targeting NCAE, which is basically the state's unofficial teacher's union.

After the vote, Democratic lawmakers were calling it unconstitutional for a couple reasons. Now, NCAE officials announced that they're going to be filing a lawsuit.

The vote took away NCAE's ability to automatically deduct money from a teacher's paycheck, which is the way it's worked for years. Republicans had passed a bill saying they couldn't do that anymore, but Perdue vetoed that bill.

Republicans hadn't had the support to overturn her veto until Thursday morning. They were there to deal with a separate veto and Democrats argue the constitution should have prevented Republicans from taking up the NCAE dues issue, but Republicans went ahead anyway.

Now, the teachers' advocacy group says it's going to sue the state for taking an unconstitutional vote and targeting them in an unconstitutional bill.

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