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Legislature overrides veto of hog farm protection

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RALEIGH (AP) - The Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature has again overridden a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, this one on legislation limiting civil awards for neighbors who sue hog and chicken operations because of displeasure from the smells nearby.

The Senate completed the override Thursday, a day after the House also agreed the bill should become law despite Cooper's objections.

The measure covers private nuisance actions against farming and forestry operations by restricting compensatory damages by those who sue over the animal waste and odors.

Cooper vetoed the bill because he said the protections opened the door to weaken civil actions in other nuisance matters. The restrictions were prompted by lawsuits against eastern North Carolina hog producers, but the law only applies to future cases.

Cooper's four vetoes have all been overridden.

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