NC House votes to override both McCrory vetoes

RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. House of Representatives reconvened on Tuesday and needed less than an hour to cancel both of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s vetoes.

McCrory vetoed two of the 439 bills passed by legislature this year. The two houses returned to Raleigh on Tuesday to consider the overrides.

On Tuesday, the House agreed to cancel vetoes by McCrory requiring drug-testing for some welfare applicants and broadening an exemption for employers to use the E-Verify system to check the legal status of workers. Both margins were above the three-fifths majorities required for an override.

“Personally I think its good,” said Leken Mohammed of Winston-Salem referencing drug-testing for welfare applicants. “People should be tested.”

“What they do is go out and sell [food stamps for drugs] and with kids in the house, kids go hungry,”  said Clara Johnson of Winston-Salem who says she knows people who abuse the system and worries for their children who could go hungry if the bill becomes law. “Government got to do something because there is a whole lot of people out here starving today.”

Both measures will head to the Senate on Wednesday.

House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) released the following statement today after the North Carolina House of Representatives voted to override Gov. Pat McCrory’s vetoes of House bills 392 & 786:

“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. In the North Carolina House today, the legislative process resolved those two simple policy disagreements in a bipartisan manner. Though we disagreed with the Governor on these two issues, we appreciate his leadership and continue to have great confidence in his administration. With these votes now behind us, we will continue to work closely with Gov. McCrory to make North Carolina an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

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