Rep. Susi Hamilton flip-flops on fracking for film incentives
RALIEGH, NC (LAURA LESLIE / WRAL-TV) — The final hours of a legislative session are often littered with strange alliances and stranger votes. But it’s rare to see a complete and sudden flip on one of the hottest topics of the year.
Rep. Susi Hamilton, D-New Hanover, signed a letter last week asking Gov. Bev Perdue to veto Senate Bill 820, the fracking bill. Monday night, she voted with the GOP majority to override the very veto she asked for.
Hamilton has consistently voted against proposals to explore fracking. In fact, she was recently recognized by the NC League of Conservation Voters as a “2012 Rising Star.”
Without Hamilton’s vote, the veto would have been sustained.
UPDATE: By email, Rep. Hamilton said she did not intend to ask for a veto on fracking:
The letter I agreed to regarding a veto over ride was S382, an environmentally unfriendly bill with an additional clause requiring cities to provide municipal services in the unincorporated areas of the county. I did not realize it was being included in the same message for S820. I did not review the letter before it was released. I had not discussed my position on the bill with Rep. Harrison. I’m sure she sent the letter on good faith. It was just lack of communication, which can happen when we are moving bills at lightening speed.
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