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NC Legislature Reconvenes to Consider Veto Overrides

9:01 AM, Sep 3, 2013   |    comments
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File photo: N.C. legislative building. Courtesy WRAL.

RALEIGH - The North Carolina general assembly is reconvening Tuesday for a special session to consider overriding Governor McCrory's two vetoes.

Unless some legislators change their initial votes, they will override those vetoes, because both the House and Senate passed the bills with veto-proof margins in July.

One bill under discussion is a measure that would require the government to drug test applicants of the Work First program under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. That would happen only if the applicant is suspected of illegally using controlled substances.  The applicant would have to pay for the drug test and would lose the opportunity to receive benefits for a year if he or she fails the test.

The bill also would require the government to run background checks on applicants for EBT cards--or food stamps--through the Food and Nutrition Services program.

According to local Department of Social Services offices, the measure would affect more than 46,000 families in Guilford County who receive food and nutrition assistance, 26,000 families in Forsyth County, 12,000 families both in Alamance and Randolph Counties and 9,000 in Rockingham County.

The other governor-vetoed bill up for discussion would have exempted employers from using the E-Verify system for temporary workers employed for less than nine months. Currently, if employers enlist the work of temporary workers for more than three months, they have to use the system to validate whether those employees are in the U.S. legally.  The bill is designed in part to make it easier for farmers to hire seasonal labor.

McCrory said he vetoed both bills in the name of good government-not for political wins or losses.  Some political analysts have speculated the vetoes might help depict McCrory as independent from the legislature.

The Moral Monday protest movement is expected to continue Tuesday, as demonstrators have said they will issue lawmakers "report cards" of their records this session.

The legislature will reconvene officially for its 2014 short session on May 14.

 

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