Lawmakers To Return To Raleigh For Special Session

Sep 2, 2013

Lawmakers are convening for a special session this week.
Credit Dave DeWitt / WUNC

Lawmakers will be back in session Tuesday to consider overriding Governor McCrory's vetoes of two bills.

Last month, they passed a measure that was designed to give farmers more access to immigrant labor, an issue that's always a concern for farmers who struggle to find the manpower to pick perishable crops. Legislators also passed a bill that would require drug testing for welfare recipients. Critics say that will be too expensive for counties to manage. Governor McCrory vetoed both of those bills. Lawmakers could have decided to let the vetoes stand, or they could have waited to vote on the issues until the short legislative session that's scheduled for next May.

The governor has urged lawmakers not to convene this week, but they're doing it anyway. Lobbyists for the state's agricultural industry, which is North Carolina's largest industry, are pushing hard for lawmakers to override the veto of the immigration bill.