WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – During a visit to Wilmington Friday, Gov. Pat McCrory held firm to his pledge not to act on a new law that would require drug testing for some welfare recipients.
He contends lawmakers should provide more funding to enforce the measure.
The governor vetoed the bill last month, but after lawmakers overturned the veto by wide margins this week, he said the executive branch won't carry out the law.
Senate Leader Phil Berger shot back, saying it was the governor's duty to enforce the law.
"All governors, without regard to party, swear an oath to uphold the Constitution," Berger said in a statement. "We expect Gov. McCrory to perform his constitutional duty to enforce the law."
Friday the governor noted that the constitution also requires sufficient funding for legislation.
He reiterated his assertion that the law is an unfunded mandate.
"I'll stick to my guns on this," he said. "I will implement this legislation but only if and when the resources are provided to do that."
"The legislature has a chance to return back in May, and if they want this so much they can provide the funding for the 100 counties, which would be required to implement such a program."
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