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Governor Cooper Vetoes Bills and Signs Bills into Law

RALEIGH

Governor Cooper took action on 39 bills that were passed by the General Assembly and brought to his desk for approval.

Governor Cooper has vetoed the following bills:

Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on his veto of House Bill 131: Adding another excuse to set aside a bond forfeiture when a criminal defendant fails to appear in court hurts school funding and reduces incentives to ensure justice is served.

Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on his veto of House Bill 374: Ending protections from pollution on the coast hurts the effort to make sure our water is clean. Other revisions to environmental protections are unnecessary, especially at a time when confidence in public water supplies needs to be stronger, not weaker.

Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on his veto of House Bill 382: Adding another excuse to set aside a bond forfeiture when a criminal defendant fails to appear in court hurts school funding and reduces incentives to ensure justice is served.

Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on his veto of House Bill 717: Legislative attempts to rig the courts by reducing the people's vote hurts justice. Piecemeal attempts to target judges create unnecessary confusion and show contempt for North Carolina’s judiciary.

Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on his veto of House Bill 1055: Some past attempts to alter the retirement system have been ruled unconstitutional for taking away vested rights from teachers and state employees. Although this legislation was designed to save the state money, I believe taking away these retirement options from our teachers and state employees could end up losing the system more money than this legislation seeks to save.

Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on his veto of Senate Bill 325: Previous attempts like this by the legislature to discriminate and manipulate the voting process have been struck down by the courts. True democracy should make it easier for people to vote, not harder.

Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on his veto of Senate Bill 717: While agriculture is vital to North Carolina’s economy, so property rights are vital to people’s homes and other businesses.

North Carolina’s nuisance laws can help allow generations of families to enjoy their homes and land without fear for their health and safety.  Those same laws stopped the Tennessee Valley Authority from pumping air pollution into our mountains.

Our laws must balance the needs of businesses versus property rights. Giving one industry special treatment at the expense of its neighbors is unfair.

Governor Cooper has signed the following bills into law: