Lawmakers respond to fracking veto override confusion
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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.
Mecklenburg County Democrat Becky Carney voted for the override, which made the tally 72 to 45, just enough to override the veto.
"I made a huge mistake, I pushed the green button instead of the red button,” said Carney.
Carney says she immediately recognized the error, but was denied the chance to change or suspend her vote.
"I voted against this bill when it was brought before the House, and I had every intention of voting against the override," said Carney.
Republicans who support the bill say they're happy with the outcome, no matter how it came about.
Representative Mitch Gillespie says the bill simply sets up the framework for fracking, allowing years for a newly created Energy and Mining Commission to create safety guidelines.
"The House is going to have to pass a bill, and the Senate's going to have to pass a bill. And if I don't like what's in the rules, then I don't have to pass it in the House. And if the Senate doesn't like it then the Senate doesn't have to pass it," said Gillespie.
Democrats who avidly oppose the controversial drilling method say there needs to be more time and research done before the state moves forward.