May 12

Senate overrides Cooper’s veto, stands with family farmers

The N.C. Senate voted Thursday to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of HB 467, Agriculture and Forestry Nuisance Remedies. The House of Representatives voted yesterday to override the veto, and the Senate’s vote today ushered the bill into law.

Sen. Brent Jackson (R-Sampson) released the following statement:

“While I respectfully disagree with Gov. Cooper’s veto of HB 467, I am incredibly pleased that this bill providing legal certainty to family farmers and the thousands of North Carolinians who earn their living in the agriculture industry is now law. This is a victory for farmers and our rural communities.”

Background

HB 467, Agriculture and Forestry Nuisance Remedies, is a bill that limits compensatory damages allowable in nuisance lawsuits against agricultural operations to the fair market value of the plaintiff’s property. This legislation was in response to hundreds of nuisance lawsuits filed against farm operations across eastern N.C. demanding that famers pay exorbitant monetary amounts many times higher than the actual property value. The bill was broadly supported by the farming community and passed both chambers of the legislature by wide margins.

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