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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Two bills vetoed by Gov. Pat McCrory will become law anyway now that the General Assembly has formally canceled them.

The Senate voted to override the vetoes by comfortable margins Wednesday morning, a day after the House did the same thing. The Senate took less than 10 minutes on both bills.

The legislation requires drug-testing for welfare recipients and creates a wider exemption for employers to calculate whether they must access a federal database to determine the legal status of new hires.

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.

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It was an historic year with new policies that will positively impact North Carolina by rebuilding a struggling economy and fixing a broken, and often inefficient, state government. New policies include: tax and regulatory reforms, transportation, personnel, commerce, voter ID, and a first step toward Medicaid reform. All these initiatives challenged the status quo and make a positive difference in the future.

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. 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.

House bill 786 triples the E-Verify seasonal worker exemption from 90 days to nearly nine months and has created a loophole that could cost legal North Carolinians jobs. This measure changes the law’s focus from exempting “temporary seasonal employees” to help the state’s farming industry to exempting a category of employees for any industry, regardless of the season or the needs. Thus, I will direct the executive branch to explore all legal and executive authority to ensure the letter and spirit of our nation’s immigration law is followed in this state

Based upon the lawmakers’ vote on drug testing, the executive branch will not take any action on the new law’s implementation until sufficient funds with this unfunded mandate are provided, not only for the Department of Health and Human Services, but also the funding for consistent application across all 100 counties.

I believe the future is bright for our state with the bipartisan teamwork that kick started much needed reforms. Despite the critics and special interests who want to retain the failed policies of the past, we were strong in our resolve to follow through on the promises we made to voters.

The resolve for systematic change must continue so we can compete to retain and grow much needed jobs for today and the future. The solutions will be complex and at times controversial to many well established interest groups, but we have no choice other than to move forward even under constrained budgets and a tough political environment. Major initiatives must be made with Medicaid, mental health, energy and education if we are to continue our progress.

In fact, today I urged the State Board of Education to take immediate action.
We have found the necessary funds through my budget office to ensure that over 3,000 teachers currently pursuing their master’s degrees will receive a salary increase when they graduate, an investment of over $10 million. I also signed an executive order to create the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Council, which will give a voice to a diverse group of teachers from across the state. We continue to follow through on testing relief for teachers by reducing the number of standardized tests, creating a local control option for our local education systems to innovate. This way our teachers can do what they do best…teach our students. And finally, I continue my resolve and support for raises tied to the creation of a new compensation system for our teachers.

I look forward to working with the General Assembly in the short session to continue to improve our economy, education system and the efficiency of state government. More than anything, I look forward to visiting neighborhoods, towns and cities, plus businesses across our state to gain insight and solutions from the best of the best in our great state.

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  • GuestMan.

    I think this legislature would bring back slavery if they could.

  • Ryan

    “drug testing welfare people (tax payers money)= slavery”… Good one! That’s not to big of a stretch! How about tax cuts, ending welfare, food stamps, and privatize housing? What would that be? It used to be the church and neighbors providing those things… now taxpayers are on the “hook” for these growing “freebies” promised by some politician so they can get elected! If you’re on welfare (free money) and you have kids (paid for by other people’s money) that is a bad life decision. Why should somebody else have to pay for somebody else’s bad life decisions? Where is the personal accountability? Drug testing doesn’t sound like that big of a ‘requirement’ to receive other people’s money…

  • Guestguy

    What in the world does slavery have to do with this? If people getting government money are testing positive for drugs I don’t wanna pay to feed them. Maybe they should rethink their priorities and spend that drug money on food. And please dont try to turn it into a race thing. I’m a white guy with a black girlfriend and I’m 100% sure my girl agrees with me.

  • 1SG America

    It’s slavery to the ones forced to pay for someone who is living off the system. I agree there are cases where people need help, and I will be the first to offer. However for people that use the system to their benefit and there’s nothing keeping them from being gainfully employed other the laziness and/or drug dependency. I have gotten up and went to work my entire life, I am retired from one career and didn’t sit on my lorales went out found another job and went back to work again. Today people are more interested in a free handout than they are about doing for them selves, and if you cant do for yourselves, then you do with out!

    1SG America

  • Guestomfg

    Welfare is slavery to the system and taxpayers, guess the takers dont mind slavery. Its just too bad this slavery wont make them work.

  • Ed

    It is about time that someone in Raleigh has good understanding that if you have to take a drug test in order to have or keep a job, you surely should need to do a drug test to get government assistance. Thank you North Carolina General Assembly.

  • GuestMan.

    What that means is that our legislature is so regressive that anything they do would not surprise me.
    How about drug testing anyone that gets Medicare, that’s a state and federal program. Or drug testing to get a driver’s license, that’s a privilege, not a right.
    What’s the matter with requiring employers to check out their employees earlier to make sure they aren’t illegal. Is it going to cost their buddies a little more money? I thought this legislature was for immigration control. That is one of the things they campaigned on and I guess this is their version of it. What it is doing is taking jobs from the people of NC and giving them to illegals.
    Leave it to the tea-baggering republicans to do one thing and say another.
    Plus, our new governor has trouble with the truth with just one example the two 24 year olds he just gave $85,000 a year jobs to and said a lot of other people applied and in truth the jobs were never posted.
    That’s what I mean when I say I wouldn’t be surprised if they brought slavery back. There’s no telling what they will do.

  • Guestomfg

    You want to drug test people 65 and older and younger people with disabilities to get Medicare?

  • Guestman.

    PVT America doesn’t like paying money to people not working so what is the difference. Medicare is nothing but socialized medicine anyway that I help pay for. I say drug test them, too. Just because you’re over 65 doesn’t mean you aren’t using illegal drugs.
    It makes as much sense as anything else this legislature has done.

  • How about a drug test every time you vote or go out in public that way we will know no drug user is voting or using any public property. You can be sure that people over 65 on Medicare paid their own way for medicare thru a forced payroll tax on them.

  • GuestMan.

    Does that mean they don’t do illegal drugs? I said to drug test voters, and people applying for a driver’s license also.
    Why not? It would just be one more stupid law from this legislature.

  • ranger1

    Well said Ryan!

  • Guest 1234

    Spot on. You nailed it!!!!!

  • Vog46

    The unfortunate thing is that it’s “urban legend” regarding our preconceived notions about who is on welfare and who’s not.
    There were an awful lot of older American workers who got welfare after getting laid off in 2007/2008. The majority of welfare recipients are NOT younger drug addicted people squiritng out kid after kid to keep their benny’s but believe what yo want because we tend to do that anyway. Drug testing in the states that have tried it are proving this notion false.
    But think for a minute. If you are 50 something or 60 something and got laid off – the typical middle class American – is it wrong for them to collect benny’s from the system they’ve paid into all these years?
    Do you call THAT slavery or a deserved benefit?
    It’s real nice to think inside our little box – that all welfare people are drug addicted minorities who are uneducated and grabbing for all the benny’s they can get – but unfortunately facts prove us wrong,again, and again. There are some that do exactly what we think ALL of them do, but we also instinctively know that a lot of older Americans got shafted in the recession after PAYING for the system for all those hard working years.
    Perhaps we should make it a policy to require proof of VOTING to get benny’s along with drug testing – after all – you are taking from the system, so you should partake in the election of that system.
    And we ALL know how they’d vote, don’t we.


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  • Guest123456

    To those how comment about time… do you not know this will cost more to test. its like spending $100 to save $7.00…. Do people not do their homework on this

  • Guesttest

    I would say you are wrong on your comment. That $7.00 over years would add up. So, once they are kicked off the free money wagon that $100.00 was well spent.

  • Monkey Junction

    Putting aside the reasoning of why we should do this, one can see that the drug testing law will not be successful. There is a good chance it will be ruled unconstitutional just as a similar law in Florida was struck down. Also program in Florida resulted in only 2.6% of the welfare recipients testing positive as opposed to 8% of the general population. The law may seem fine on its surface but if you look closely it does not pass muster.

    The bill is not effective and not legal.

  • Guest123456

    Glad to see someone understands what this would do.. It would cost more to test in the long run

  • DP101

    If you want it…go get it! instead of If you want it come and get it! Now if we could just veto Obama.

  • Guest123456

    Let me help you with math
    spend 100 gain 7
    spend 200 gain 14
    spend 300 gain 21 and on and on… studies in many states have already said it would crash the funds worse than what they are.

  • renoGuest

    Just take the cost of testing out of their check each month and test every month,problem solved.

  • notMe

    Really cause a drug test is TOO easy to pass. So they will waste money.

  • Personal Responsibility Advocate

    How about we end welfare instead adding further regulations? I think it is a basic responsiblity to be able to feed, clothe, and provide shelter for yourself and your children. I understand that people fall on hard times, but it is not my responsibility to take care of them when they do. This is where charities and churches can volunarily fill that need, instead of forcing taxpayers to do it. The only reason we are forced to pay for others bad luck and mistakes is so that our government can garner votes.

    I went to school, studied hard, go to work 5 days a week, and save to make sure I can take care of myself if something bad happens. I pay insurance premiums every month to prepare for the worst of health scenariso. I eat fresh fruits and vegetables so that I am healthy. I avoid drugs and alcohol as to reduce my chances of disease. I work out to increase my logevity and productivity. I use birth control because I am not ready to afford a child. Where is the personal responsiblity these days? Why is it OK for some people to not take care of themselves?

  • James Lewis

    Since we want to test people who received aid from the state let’s just test everyone who receives a check from the state government including these representatives and let them pay for it first then we will reimburse them later if the test comes back clean.

  • Lewis

    The one who comes up with the plan should be tested themselves and let’s see what comes back.


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