Lawmakers are back at work in Raleigh, and it took the House less than an hour to override the first vetoes of Gov. Pat McCrory's term.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Lawmakers are back at work in Raleigh, and it took the House less than an hour to override the first vetoes of Gov. Pat McCrory's term.
House Bill 392, requires drug testing for some welfare applicants. The House overturned the governor's veto of the measure by a 77-39 vote.
All local House members voted for the drug-testing override, except Rep. Rick Catlin, who originally supported the bill but voted Tuesday against an override.
House Bill 786, gives employers more time before having to use the E-verify system to check the legal status of new workers. The House voted 84-32 to override the governor's veto.
On the immigration bill, local representatives split along party lines, with Democrats Ken Waddell and William Brisson voting for an override. Republicans Rick Catlin, Ted Davis, Frank Iller and Chris Millis sided with the governor, voting against the override.
Rep. Susi Hamilton received an excused absence. She didn't cast votes despite explaining how she planned to vote with a WECT reporter just after 3 p.m. Hamilton had a "constituent obligation" in Wilmington at 7 p.m., according to her spokeswoman Tori Jones. Hamilton did not return a call for clarification.
The senate convenes Wednesday morning to vote on the overrides.
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