North Carolina lawmakers override governor's budget veto

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Posted: Jun 15, 2011 8:48 AM
North Carolina lawmakers override governor's budget veto

RALEIGH (Reuters) - North Carolina's Republican-led House early on Wednesday voted to override Democratic Governor Beverly Perdue's historic veto of the $19.7 billion, two-year state budget.

The 73-46 vote, reached in a session convened just past midnight on Tuesday night, required three-fifths majority with the help of five conservative Democrats who also voted for the budget originally.

In the Senate, where Republicans enjoy a veto-proof majority, a vote to complete the legislative override is expected on Thursday.

On Sunday, Perdue became the first North Carolina governor to veto a budget since the state's governor obtained veto power in 1997. She rejected the General Assembly's spending plan, saying it would cost thousands of teachers their jobs and undermine the state's recent advances in public education.

(Reporting by Ned Barnett; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Peter Bohan)