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Advocates call for lawmakers to sustain veto of drug testing bill

Drug testing [1]The General Assembly returns to Raleigh on Tuesday to decide whether to override or sustain Governor McCrory’s veto of House Bill 392 [2], the controversial and costly proposal to drug test public assistance recipients and applicants.

In announcing his veto of HB 392 on August 15th, the Governor said: “Similar efforts in other states have proved to be expensive and ineffective at catching drug abusers. It makes no sense to repeat those mistakes in North Carolina.” Advocates for poor people agree. As argued last night in an email alert distributed by my colleague Jeff Shaw at the NC Justice Center:

Let’s hope lawmakers come to their senses and/or that Gov. McCrory finally musters up the courage and energy to for once to lead rather than meekly follow to lead of right-wing ideologues. Stay tuned. We’ll see what happens on Tuesday.