Governor Beverly Perdue signed a proclamation calling state lawmakers back to Raleigh January 4 to consider her veto of Senate bill 9. That bill restricted what evidence death row inmates could use to make a case of racial bias in death sentences. It effectively narrowed the scope of the Racial Justice Act passed by a previous legislature. The Senate will vote first on the bill that Wednesday and likely override the veto.
The outcome is less certain in the House of Representatives. Speaker Thom Tillis has said he wasn’t sure if there were enough votes for a super majority to override.