In just 10 minutes, the N.C. Senate voted Wednesday to override Gov. Pat McCrory’s only two legislative vetoes, bringing the General Assembly’s 2013 special session to a close.
The action mirrored the N.C. House of Representatives’ decision Tuesday, which also attained the three-fifths majority necessary to override the governor’s veto on a welfare drug testing bill and an immigration bill.
The Senate voted 34-10 in favor of the welfare drug testing bill, which would require background checks and drug testing for some welfare applicants.
N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon, said the bill was not designed to be an effective way to fight criminal drug abuse, but to make sure they were not supporting illegal drug use and moving illegal drug users toward self-sufficiency.
In response, McCrory said in a statement he would not implement the law until funds were available. The background checks and drug testing were not included in the 2013-15 state budget.