By Joseph Diebold
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) vetoed a bill Thursday that would have mandated drug testing for some public benefits applicants in the state, calling it an expensive and ineffective way to fight drug addiction.
“Drug testing Work First applicants as directed in this bill could lead to inconsistent application across the state’s 100 counties,” McCrory said in a statement. “That’s a recipe for government overreach and unnecessary government intrusion.”
The governor did issue an executive order Thursday retaining some elements of HB 392 that verify an applicant’s criminal history.
North Carolina’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union had opposed the bill, arguing it represented an unnecessary intrusion on a select class of people with no reasonable suspicion of drug use.
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