by David Anderson
Kinston Free Press
RALIEGH — Bills that would put the matters of giving veto power to Kinston’s mayor and staggering Pink Hill elections on November’s ballot passed the N.C. House this week, and will move to the N.C. Senate for approval.
Both pieces of legislation are sponsored by local Rep. Stephen LaRoque, R-Lenoir, and were approved by a voice vote.
House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, called for House members to vote “aye” or “nay.”
While a tally of the votes was not recorded, an audio recording of the House session indicated overwhelming support for the Pink Hill bill — House Bill 365 — and a closer vote for the veto bill, House Bill 310.
“The ayes appear to have it; the ayes do have it,” Tillis said when HB 310 was approved after its third and final reading late Monday.