After 6 committee hearings, 11 votes and nearly 10 hours of debate, the NC Farm Act of 2018 passed the General Assembly on June 15th and now awaits action from Gov. Roy Cooper.
The governor must sign the bill or veto it by June 25th. If no action is taken, the bill will become law without his signature.
If the governor vetoes the bill, the NC House and Senate can override that veto but must do so by a 3/5 majority of those present and voting.
Thanks to all of you who took time away from your real jobs to come to Raleigh and show your support for the bill. The large contingency of farmers that were present in - and outside of - the House and Senate galleries definitely made an impact on all who were in the building.
Also many thanks to all of you who made phone calls and sent emails to legislators to urge their support.
Sen. Brent Jackson
Rep. Jimmy Dixon
deserve our sincere gratitude for carrying this bill for us. Please take a moment to send an email or make a call to each of them to say “thank you.”
For those of you who could not make it to Raleigh to see lawmakers debate the bill, you can watch the Senate debate from June 7th
. Sen. Jackson's remarks can be found at around the 1:21:20 mark in the video.
The final House debate on the Farm Act (note: the debate that occurred the day AFTER farmers were in the gallery) can be viewed
. The debate starts at around the 1:43:00 mark.