Governor Pat McCrory issued the first veto under his administration last Thursday, rejecting legislation originally introduced by Sen. Jim Davis (R-50) that called for people applying for welfare benefits be required to pass a drug test.
Senator Davis was the primary sponsor on Senate Bill 594, which was the first piece of legislation to mention drug testing for the welfare program known as WorkFirst. Applicants for the federal assistance program would have had to pass a drug screen before being eligible for benefits. The bill, which passed the Senate in a 35-15 vote, was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration, where the wording was adopted and embedded into House Bill 392.
In addition to drug testing for Work First, House Bill 392 would have required Social Services to verify applicants' criminal history and share that information with law enforcement. The governor signed an executive order to carry out that portion of the bill.