Gov. McCrory vetoes bill requiring drug testing for welfare

Governor also vetoes immigration measure

POSTED: 11:12 PM Jul 25 2013   UPDATED: 2:16 PM Aug 15 2013

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory issued his first two vetoes Thursday. The first blocks a requirement that certain welfare applicants get tested for drugs before receiving benefits. McCrory's other veto was on an immigration-related measure.

McCrory said Thursday he vetoed the bills left from the General Assembly session that ended last month.

The Republican governor says in a statement that parts of the drug testing bill are unfair and fiscally irresponsible. He says similar programs in other states show it would do little to fight drug addiction.

McCrory issued an executive order to address another section of the vetoed bill on criminal background checks for welfare applicants.

The other vetoed measure would have exempted employers from using the E-Verify system for temporary workers of less than nine months, compared to no more than 90 days currently. He says the bill would have made it easier to hire immigrants in the country illegally.

The governor must call lawmakers back to Raleigh by early September for them to consider overriding the vetoes.