Fracking veto override vote passes on lawmaker mistake
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RALEIGH – A major policy decision by state lawmakers in the final hours of session is becoming law after a mistaken vote by a lawmaker.
The House was voting on whether or not to override Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of a proposal to allow fracking in North Carolina.
Mecklenburg County Democrat Becky Carney voted for the override, which made the tally 72 to 45, just enough to override the veto.
But Carney actually meant to vote against the veto override.
“The point I want to make is I made a mistake. I am going to take full responsibility for my vote, but I will say this: It is after 11 at night, when we are taking up an issue like this. People are tired. They have slipped all night. You have heard people in there changing their votes on bills all night long. I made a mistake,” said Carney.
Carney was not allowed to change her vote because it would have changed the outcome of the vote.
The fracking bill will now become law.