RALEIGH Two bills vetoed by Gov. Pat McCrory will become law anyway now that the General Assembly has formally canceled them.
The Senate voted to override the vetoes by comfortable margins Wednesday morning, a day after the House did the same thing. The Senate took less than 10 minutes on both bills.
The legislation requires drug-testing for welfare recipients and creates a wider exemption for employers to calculate whether they must access a federal database to determine the legal status of new hires.
The overrides are a blow to McCrory, who actively lobbied legislators to uphold his vetoes. He says the drug-testing bill would not be cost effective. He said the veto on the E-Verify program would allow immigrants in the country illegally to take jobs.
The House agreed Tuesday to cancel vetoes by McCrory requiring drug-testing for some welfare applicants and broadening an exemption for employers to avoid using the E-Verify system to check the legal status of new workers.
Both margins were above the three-fifths majorities needed to override.
The bills now go to the Senate, where leaders intended to hear and vote on the bills Wednesday morning. Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville said earlier Tuesday he didn't see any reason why the bills would fail to pass in his chamber by veto-proof margins.
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