by Barry Smith
Following constitutional dictate, GOP Gov. Pat McCrory has called the N.C. General Assembly back to Raleigh for a reconvened session on Sept. 3.
The General Assembly will consider McCrory’s vetoes of two bills – one that would require drug testing for Work First applicants, and one that would change e-verify requirements for some seasonal workers.
Three-fifths of both chambers must vote to override a veto for the bills to become law despite McCrory’s objections. Both measures passed by veto-proof margins.
While McCrory has been pushing for lawmakers to sustain his veto, legislative leaders believe they have enough votes to override the vetoes.
House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said the speaker’s office would work with legislators and McCrory over what action might be taken on the vetoed bills. However, his office said that a vote would not be taken immediately at noon on Sept. 3, because it falls right after the Labor Day holiday. Tillis’ office also said that the House intends to adjurn before the Jewish holy day of Rosh Hashanah, which begins the evening of Sept. 4.