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A state representative from Wilmington is defending her vote that helped override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a bill on fracking. The vote is also earning Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-18th District) a lot of criticism.
Here is the AP version:
GARY D. ROBERTSON – Associated Press
RALEIGH — An environmental group said Tuesday it was rescinding an award presented to a North Carolina House member who voted to override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto of legislation to permit the form of shale gas exploration and production called “fracking.”
The House narrowly voted late Monday to override the veto when first-term Rep. Susi Hamilton, D-New Hanover, and five other House Democrats sided with Republicans to cancel Perdue’s veto.
The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters says it will take the unusual step of asking Hamilton to return a “Rising Star” award she received two weeks ago that praised the first-term legislator’s pro-environmental record.
A second of the six, Rep. Becky Carney of Mecklenburg County, said she made a mistake when she pressed the green button at her desk to vote to override rather than the red “no” button. She tried to get her vote changed — which would have prevented the override — but the chamber’s operating rules don’t allow vote changes that would affect the outcome.