Senate, House override McCrory vetoes - WRBL

Senate, House override McCrory vetoes

Posted: Updated:
June Atkinson and Pat McCrory on Sept. 4. June Atkinson and Pat McCrory on Sept. 4.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

One day after the North Carolina House of Representatives voted to override Gov. Pat McCrory's vetoes on two bills passed by the General Assembly, the Senate did the same Wednesday morning.

The two bills in question were H.B. 392 which would require drug-testing for welfare recipients and H.B. 786 which expands an exemption for employers to avoid using the E-Verify system to check the immigration status of new hires.

The Senate session did not feature any debate on either of the bills. The governor's veto of H.B. 392 was overridden by a 34-10 margin and his veto of H.B. 786 was overridden by a 39-5 vote.

Sen. Tom Apodaka (R-District 48) said there was no debate because the senators' minds "were made up."

"They were made up when we voted on the bills," Apodaka said. "They both passed with such significant majorities that there was no use in talking about them anymore."

McCrory said later Wednesday that he wants to postpone implementation until the legislature reconvenes in 2014 because there is no funding in 100 counties for testing and enforcement. He added that if there is funding later, it should go do education.

He also issued a sharply worded response to the vetoes.

"One part of our culture that did not change was passing some flawed legislation during the last hours of session with little debate, understanding or transparency," McCrory said. "Too much education policy was slipped into the budget bill causing serious concerns especially from our teachers and educators.  

"Executive branch concerns over long-term operational costs were ignored by passing bills with good intentions but unintended consequences, and overriding vetoes on drug testing and immigration."

Senate Pro Tempore Phil Berger, however, fired back in a press release that McCrory is bound by the constitution and he expects the governor to uphold that law.

McCrory said H.B. 786 has "created a loophole that could cost legal North Carolinians jobs." And he criticized the drug-testing bill as "an unfunded mandate."

McCrory's comments continued some tense discussions between the General Assembly and the executive branch. While the Republicans are fully in charge, McCrory has disagreed with his Republican counterparts in some ways, as evidence in his vetoes.

Meanwhile, the N.C. chapter of the ACLU was quick to release a statement expressing disappointment in the override of H.B. 392.

Their statement said, in part, "It's very disappointing that the legislature put so much effort into passing this cruel and constitutionally suspect bill. H.B. 392 does nothing to help those who test positive for drug use get treatment, but it does allow the government to conduct costly, unnecessary, and unreasonably intrusive searches of North Carolinians who seek public assistance to care for their families."

The overrides are a blow to McCrory, who actively lobbied legislators to uphold his vetoes. He says the drug-testing bill would not be cost effective. He said the veto on the E-Verify program would allow immigrants in the country illegally to take jobs.

Both bills are now officially laws in the state.

RELATED STORIES

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • NC flags lowered on day of Fulghum service

    NC flags lowered on day of Fulghum service

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:11 AM EDT2014-07-23 09:11:02 GMT
    A first-term North Carolina legislator who died last weekend will be formally remembered within state government and at the church he attended for decades.
    A first-term North Carolina legislator who died last weekend will be formally remembered within state government and at the church he attended for decades.
  • NC counties see sales tax changes in Senate bill

    NC counties see sales tax changes in Senate bill

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:46:55 GMT
    File PhotoFile Photo
    Four large North Carolina counties would see their authority to raise sales taxes scaled back in Senate legislation that its Republican supporters say would level the playing field across the state in generating revenue.
    Four large North Carolina counties would see their authority to raise sales taxes scaled back in Senate legislation that its Republican supporters say would level the playing field across the state in generating revenue.
  • State: Ex-Tarboro town manager used funds inappropriately

    State: Ex-Tarboro town manager used funds inappropriately

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:10:06 GMT

    The state auditor’s report determined that the former town manager “made nearly $366,000 of purchases" that were inappropriate.

    The state auditor’s report determined that the former town manager “made nearly $366,000 of purchases" that were inappropriate.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:08:35 GMT
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
  • Houston school district holds 2nd job fair in Raleigh

    Houston school district holds 2nd job fair in Raleigh

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-07-23 10:27:25 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    A Texas school district is once again holding a job fair for teachers in Raleigh.
    A Texas school district is once again holding a job fair for teachers in Raleigh.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.