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Legislators Vote to Override Governor's Vetoes

September 04, 2013

Legislators returned to Raleigh this week and quickly voted to override Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of two bills. It took both the House and Senate less than an hour to vote to override the vetoes of HB 392 Warrant Status/Drug Screen Public Assist. and HB 786 RECLAIM NC Act. Both bills now become law.

Gov. McCrory had expressed concerns about provisions in HB 392 requiring applicants for certain welfare programs to undergo drug testing and criminal background checks, and about a provision in HB 786 allowing employees to work for 9 months without undergoing a background check in the E-Verify system. The aim of that legislation was to ease the burden on farmers looking to hire seasonal labor.

Following the House’s vote on Tuesday, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis released a statement that said, in part, “During the course of the 2013 legislative session, the General Assembly sent hundreds of bills to the Governor’s desk. He disagreed with only two of those bills, and I believe that is a reflection of the close working relationship we enjoy with Gov. McCrory … Though we disagreed with the Governor on these two issues, we appreciate his leadership and continue to have great confidence in his administration.”

Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger said in a statement, "Despite some divisive, partisan rhetoric from special interest groups, the truth is most bills pass the General Assembly with broad, bipartisan support. These two bills are no different -- they are a product of Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate working together to make a positive and lasting impact on our state."

For more on the vetoes and Gov. McCrory's response to them, see this story from WRAL.

Following the override votes, both chambers again voted to adjourn until noon on Wednesday, May 14.

Posted on September 04, 2013 by Chris Nida