NAACP North Carolina Applauds Governor Cooper’s Veto of HB 237

NAACP North Carolina Applauds Governor Cooper’s Veto of HB 237

RALEIGH, NC – Yesterday, during the NAACP North Carolina State Conference 2024 Legislative Advocacy Day, NAACP members and supporters across the state united to urge Governor Roy Cooper to veto House Bill 237, which proposed various changes to criminal and election laws. Today, Governor Cooper responded decisively by vetoing HB 237, citing serious concerns regarding campaign finance transparency and public health protections.

In his statement following the veto, Governor Cooper highlighted the potential negative impact of HB 237 on North Carolina’s electoral integrity and public health.  He emphasized that the bill could create loopholes allowing undisclosed, unlimited campaign contributions, potentially influencing elections through anonymous funding sources.  Additionally, the legislation posed threats of legal repercussions for individuals choosing to protect their health by wearing masks.

President Deborah Dicks Maxwell, the first female president of the NAACP North Carolina State Conference, expressed profound appreciation for Governor Cooper’s veto, emphasizing its critical role in safeguarding democratic principles and public health in North Carolina.  “This veto is a pivotal step in protecting our state from efforts to undermine transparency in campaign finance and jeopardize public health measures,” stated President Maxwell.

The NAACP North Carolina State Conference remains steadfast in its commitment to advocating for equitable policies that uphold the rights and well-being of all North Carolinians.  We urge continued engagement and vigilance from our community as we strive towards a future that is fair and inclusive for all.

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North Carolina NAACP

Founded in 1943, the North Carolina State Conference of NAACP Branches (NAACP North Carolina State Conference) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in North Carolina, overseeing the programmatic work of over 120 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The NAACP North Carolina State Conference is focused on advocating for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color.


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