Debate On NC Governor's Power Follows Session

North Carolina is still new to veto politics. Its governor was the nation's last to receive veto power to block laws in 1997.

So gubernatorial action on legislation is still apt to scrutiny on the limits of executive branch power. It happened again this year as Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed two bills from the legislature and issued executive orders while signing a regulatory overhaul bill into law.

McCrory says he wouldn't carry out a drug-testing requirement for some welfare recipients in a vetoed bill that got overridden because it's an unfunded mandate. There's a reserve for the drug testing and other laws.

Senate leader Phil Berger says he must implement the drug testing law, citing the state constitution.

A key House member likens the executive orders to line-item vetoes.