North Carolina State Representative Becky Carney, a staunch opponent of the state’s fracking bill, turned out to be the deciding vote in the matter. No, the bill wasn’t defeated. Turns out, she pressed the wrong button and became the crucial 72nd vote. Yes, really.
The state had passed a bill regarding hydraulic fracking and horizontal drilling for oil previously, but it was vetoed by Gov. Bev Purdue. Today’s vote aimed to override that veto. The mistake as described by WRAL:
Just after the vote, Carney’s voice could be heard on her microphone, saying “Oh my gosh. I pushed green.”
Carney called her vote “very accidental,” pointing to her past efforts against fracking. Unfortunately for her — and her colleagues hoping to defeat the measure — once a vote is cast, it’s essentially set in stone. House members can change their votes, but it doesn’t affect the outcome (a puzzling rule).
“I feel rotten, and I feel tired,” Carney said. “And I feel that mistakes are made constantly when people are tired. And I feel rotten about it, but I take responsibility for my vote.”
And that’s the story of how fracking was legalized in North Carolina, kids.
(H/T Atlantic Wire)
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