NC House Speaker Leaving Denver For Veto Session

House Speaker Joe Hackney is leaving the Democratic National Convention in Denver to consider fighting a veto by Gov. Mike Easley.

The Orange County Democrat has booked a flight back to Raleigh
so he can attend Wednesday's scheduled session to reconsider a bill
that would ease boat towing restrictions. Easley vetoed the measure
last week because he said the plan could lead to more roadway

Easley and Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand also are in Denver
but have not yet made plans to return for the session.

As required by the state constitution, Easley scheduled the
session within 10 days of his veto.

The session will give lawmakers an opportunity to override his
veto or draft compromise legislation.

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