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Senate delays action on vetoes until Wednesday

Posted September 3, 2013

Sen. Phil Berger

— While the state House plans to handle a pair of vetoed bills Tuesday evening, the Senate will wait until 9 a.m. Wednesday to take its votes.

Gov. Pat McCrory has vetoed two bills. One requires drug testing for those who receive certain welfare benefits. The other measure extends the time someone may work for an employer without being screened by the federal E-Verify program. 

Both the House and Senate gaveled into session at noon Tuesday. However, the House does not plan to start work in earnest until about 4:30 p.m. 

Rather than wait for the House, Senate leaders decided to return Wednesday. Because both vetoed bills were originally drafted by the House, the House gets first crack at deciding whether to override a gubernatorial veto.

"If the House sends one or both of those back to us, I would anticipate the Senate would follow through on what we did before," Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said. "I don't have any information that leads me to believe the vote would be much different than it was before."

Both measures passed the state Senate by wide margins earlier this summer.

McCrory, Berger and the majorities in both the House and Senate are Republicans. However, the governor and Republican lawmakers have had a number of differences this year, these two bills being the most stark examples.

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  • kdogwnc Sep 4, 2013

    The question is what happens today after the Senate does its pro-forma vote to override the vetoes. 50-50 chance the calendar will suddenly be revised, and the Tillis/Berger crowd will spend a few more weeks in Raleigh to continue their assault on North Carolina.

  • junkmail5 Sep 3, 2013

    why would they pass a law to allow people to work without e-verify screening? That should be a condition of employment before work can even begin@!@! C'mon GA...don't mess this up.
    arfamr1008

    Because the republicans SAY they're against illegals to keep the more... traditional... folks voting for them... but they're actually more than happy to have cheap labor for the business that write them checks come election time.

  • madeuce2010 Sep 3, 2013

    "Not sure what Obama has to do with this, since we're talking about NC Law..." -- watts1000

    Everything is Obama's fault, haven't you heard?

  • Krimson Sep 3, 2013

    "doesn't that go against a federal law or something?"

    Actually, the H2A Visa is good for 364 days and as far as Federal Law, E-Verify is only required for those companies that have Federal Contracts...

    E-Verify Laws for private businesses in NC were passed by the General Assembly just this past couple of years... but even then, there are exemptions made by the State...

    Not sure what Obama has to do with this, since we're talking about NC Law...

  • arfamr1008 Sep 3, 2013

    "why would they pass a law to allow people to work without e-verify screening"

    Part of their constituency wants it that way, i.e. the NC Farm Bureau...

    tatts1000

    doesn't that go against a federal law or something? I know Obama is fighting hard to make the whole world legal US citizens, but he hasn't done that yet.

  • Krimson Sep 3, 2013

    "why would they pass a law to allow people to work without e-verify screening"

    Part of their constituency wants it that way, i.e. the NC Farm Bureau...

  • arfamr1008 Sep 3, 2013

    why would they pass a law to allow people to work without e-verify screening? That should be a condition of employment before work can even begin@!@! C'mon GA...don't mess this up.

  • corey3rd2 Sep 3, 2013

    Maybe we all need to head down to the General Assembly to remind them that they are supposed to be in Raleigh to work and not socialize.

  • Scubagirl Sep 3, 2013

    seems we are, once again, NOT getting a days work for a days pay

  • baldchip Sep 3, 2013

    Yup-they came to town today so they could get that per-diem regardless of whether they did anything or not!!

    Look long and hard before overriding that veto!!

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