RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Republican-dominated legislature has completed its ninth override from among Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's 12 vetoes so far this year, this one on a wide-ranging regulatory bill.
The House voted late Thursday to make the measure state law despite Cooper's objections that it rolled back water quality protections, particularly on stormwater restrictions for building projects. The Senate's override vote that occurred several hours before also exceeded the three-fifths threshold required.
The override vote was the House's last action before members wrapped up a special session that began Wednesday. The Senate left town late Thursday afternoon. The chambers plan to hold perfunctory floor meetings for the next two weeks so Cooper has only 10 days - not 30 - to sign or veto legislation they approved during the special session. Otherwise, the next special session is scheduled for January.
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