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McCrory Responds To Lawmakers Who Canceled Vetoes

Office of Pat McCrory
NC Governor's Office

State lawmakers have successfully overridden two bills that Governor Pat McCrory vetoed.

One is a measure that would require welfare recipients to be tested for drugs. The other expands an exception designed to allow farmers and other employers to skip a requirement to verify workers' immigration status.

When asked whether the overrides indicate a rift between lawmakers and the governor, Senate President Phil Berger denied it.

"There were three bills that the governor pointed to. One that he didn't sign, two that he vetoed. Under any math that anyone does, what you would have to say is that there is not just substantial but overly substantial agreement between the General Assembly and the governor's office," said Berger.

But the governor then issued a statement saying he would essentially ignore one law and work around the other. Senator Berger then followed up with a statement saying that lawmakers expect the governor to perform his constitutional duty to execute laws passed by the General Assembly.

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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