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McCrory issues two vetoes on drug screening, immigration

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Gov. McCrory interview

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RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory got out his red veto stamp Thursday, sending two bills back to the General Assembly.

The first veto is for a proposal that would have required drug testing for welfare recipients.

“I think this was a government overreach,” said McCrory. “Which is going to irritate the right wing of my republican party.”

In his veto message to lawmakers, McCrory said he had multiple problems with proposal. They include not being fully funding the proposal in the current budget, to concerns about how it would affect the effort to combat substance abuse and whether or not it was constitutional under the fourth amendment.

He did, however, agree with part of the bill to verify a recipients criminal history and signed an executive order to put that provision in place.

Some advocates are applauding his decisions.

“The governor's veto is well thought out,” said Bill Rowe with the N.C. Justice Center. “He tried to keep in place and enact provisions that keep us in compliance with federal law and on the drug testing piece there may need to be a lot more work.”

Veto number two dealt with immigration reform. The bill as it was sent to him, was mainly a study bill, but did make changes to e-verify regulations.

“The e-verify bill was written so broadly,” said McCrory, “that most companies cannot follow basic immigration law in North Carolina.”

Speaker Thom Tillis said in a statement he regrets the governor's decision and "this bill received strong bipartisan support and sought to provide clarity to employers and agencies regarding the impact of illegal immigration in North Carolina."

But some advocates say they didn't like the immigration bill. and applaud the veto.

“These are issues that need to be addressed on the federal level we shouldn't be regulating immigration piece by piece in 50 different states,” said Kate Wommer-Deters, with the N.C. Justice Center.

McCrory still has more than 30 bills left to consider from this legislative session. He said more vetoes are possible, but political observers said even if he signs off on everything he has made a statement with his actions today.

“If he's sending a political signal,” said David McLennan, with William Peace University. “He's sort of demonstrated some independence from the general assembly with these two bills.”

McCrory needs to call lawmakers back into session to consider his veto by the first week in September.

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