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NC Senate goes 6-for-6 on overriding Perdue vetoes

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina Senate has made quick work of Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's vetoes by voting to override all six that had been returned to the chamber since June.

The General Assembly resumed work at noon Wednesday and adjourned within an hour.

The Republican-led Senate voted to cancel Perdue's vetoes on bills changing medical malpractice litigation rules, encouraging offshore energy exploration and denying the authority of state agencies to ignore the rulings of special judges.

A divided Senate also agreed to halt the North Carolina Association of Educators from having members' dues deducted directly from paychecks.

The bills won't become law unless the House also agrees to override them. Those votes will occur Monday.

Lawmakers will now work on finalizing new election district boundaries for the Legislature and Congress.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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