Cooper vetoes annual North Carolina regulatory cleanup bill

September 20, 2019 - 6:22 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed the annual legislation pitched by Republicans as reducing and streamlining North Carolina regulations.

The Democratic governor wrote Friday that a couple of provisions in the 25-page Regulatory Reform Act of 2019 threaten public health and safety. Gubernatorial vetoes apply to an entire bill's content.

Cooper cites one item that would alter the state fire code so that doorstep garbage and recycling containers can sit in certain apartment complex hallways temporarily. The governor says that could pose safety risks for residents and emergency responders.

The governor also says a provision on septic system permits could hurt public health and threaten clean water.

The legislature will get the chance to override the veto. None of Cooper's eight previous vetoes this year has been overridden to date.

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