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Magistrate bill veto will be McCrory’s fourth

Gov. Pat McCrory plans to use his veto pen for the fourth time on Senate Bill 2, which would exempt magistrates from performing marriages.
Gov. Pat McCrory plans to use his veto pen for the fourth time on Senate Bill 2, which would exempt magistrates from performing marriages. rwillett@newsobserver.com

While Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed 19 bills during her final two years in office – after Republicans took control of the legislature – McCrory has only issued three vetoes since taking office in 2013.

The governor announced his fourth veto Thursday: A bill exempting magistrates from performing marriages.

Here’s a look at the first three:

House Bill 392 allows welfare recipients to be tested if social workers suspect they have been abusing drugs and to determine whether there are outstanding felony warrants or whether applicants have violated the terms of parole or probation. McCrory opposed it, saying it was costly and ineffective in other states and lacked the needed funding. The House voted 77-39 to override his veto, and the Senate followed suit in a 34-10 vote.

House Bill 786 is an immigration bill that triples the period in which seasonal workers do not have to have their immigration status checked in the federal E-Verify system. McCrory said it “makes it more difficult for North Carolina workers to get jobs” and vetoed it, but the House countered with an 84-32 override vote. The Senate overrode it 39-5.

House Bill 1069 would have addressed the role of the governor and legislature in appointing members of an unemployment benefits appeals board. McCrory called it “unacceptable” because it would “stagger and shorten terms of current lawfully seated members.” The House didn’t take a vote to override the veto and instead let the bill die in the Rules Committee.

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