Lawmakers refuse to wait for Ag-Gag bill, force bill through override vote
June 3, 2015 at 10:06PM
State legislators voted to override Gov. Pat McCrory's Friday veto of N.C. House Bill 405, also known as "the Ag-gag Bill," on Wednesday, despite McCrory's suggestion that some language in the bill be cleared up before being sent back to his desk.
The bill, covered in detail by Creative Loafing in today's issue, brought ire from animal and workers' rights groups for attempting to hold whistleblowers financially liable for damages to their employers as a result of filming illegal or harmful business practices in the workplace.
On Friday, McCrory asked lawmakers to include language to protect "honest employees" who aim to uncover abuses on the job by taking them straight to law enforcement while still allowing employers to sue activists who take a job with the intent to film harmful practices and show them to the public. Instead, the House and Senate both voted to force the law through as is. A three-fifths majority is needed in each chamber to override a governor's veto.