WRAL, RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina General Assembly voted late Monday to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s vetoes of the $20.2 billion 2012-13 state budget as well as a controversial measure to legalize fracking.
The vote to override Perdue's veto on a bill that would open the state up to shale gas exploration passed by a close 72-47 margin, and it appears to have hinged on a mistake.
After she voted, Rep. Becky Carney, D-Mecklenburg, could be heard on her microphone saying, “Oh my gosh. I pushed green.”
House Majority Leader Paul Stam used a procedural motion to make sure the bill can’t be reconsidered, even if Carney's vote was mistake.
Perdue said she hope the General Assembly will reconsider the issue.
"It’s disappointing that the leaders in General Assembly would allow fracking without ensuring that adequate protections will be in place for drinking water, landowners, county and municipal governments, and the health and the safety of families in North Carolina," she said in a statement.
I woke up to this news this morning and just can't believe what a bunch of fools are making life changing decisions for people in this state. The stupid woman PUSHED THE WRONG BUTTON!!!!!
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES PEOPLE!!!!!!!!