Legislation

  • January 21, 2014 • Education, • Ethics and Accountability, • Healthcare, • Jobs and the Economy, • Legislation, • Military and Veterans Affairs, • Personnel, • Public Safety, • Transportation and Infrastructure

    Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory discussed new and ongoing initiatives to power the economy, improve education and increase state government efficiency in 2014 during a news conference Monday at the Executive Residence with his cabinet.

    Economy
    Increasing energy production, leveraging transportation connections and expanding the military’s presence in North Carolina are three initiatives the governor vowed to pursue to stimulate economic growth and job creation.

    Powering the Economy: Energy Exploration
    Governor McCrory said North Carolina must increase production of the state’s energy resources. The governor personally requested a meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss seismic testing off North Carolina and other coastal states, a first step toward more offshore energy production. Governor McCrory will soon become chairman of the multi-state Governors’ Outer Continental Shelf Coalition, which advocates for more offshore energy exploration.

    Renewable energy development also received the governor’s support, as well as the development of regulations that will allow for the safe, environmentally responsible exploration of inland natural gas and oil. Governor McCrory has tasked the newly reorganized Energy Policy Council, which includes Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary John Skvarla and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker, to develop an inclusive, long-term energy plan for the state.

    Governor’s Transportation Vision: Moving People, Moving Products
    To keep people and products moving and the economy growing, Governor McCrory said Transportation Secretary Tony Tata will unveil a 25-year plan that will focus on leveraging transportation needs and assets, such as roads, rail, ports and airports. Additionally, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz will be in charge of “Art That Moves You,” a transportation beautification program that will promote tourism through the use of creative landscaping, artwork and lighting.

    Promoting and Protecting Our Military
    Increasing the military’s $30 billion annual contribution to the state’s domestic product will be another major economic push in 2014. Last year, the governor signed legislation that protects military operations in North Carolina from encroachment. He and Military Advisor Cornell Wilson also met with senior Pentagon officials to discuss expanding defense contracting in North Carolina. The governor also tasked Wilson and Veterans Affairs Advisor Illario Pantano with increasing job and education opportunities for recently separated veterans so they make North Carolina their permanent home. The governor said the high-level training and discipline veterans receive during their military service greatly enhances the state’s labor pool.

    Education
    Funding Our Future: Investing in Education/Teacher Compensation
    The governor's education plan would increase pay for K-12 teachers and boost starting pay to attract and keep talented teachers in the classroom. The plan would also reward highly productive teachers and those in high-demand subjects, such as mathematics and the sciences. Full details of the Results, Rewards, Respect plan will be unveiled in the coming weeks by Senior Education Advisor Eric Guckian, who has been working with lawmakers. Some elements of the plan will be introduced during the General Assembly’s upcoming session.

    Collegiate Wellness Initiative
    Reducing substance abuse and underage drinking among college students is the aim of a new initiative headed by Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry and ABC Commission Chairman Jim Gardner. Underage drinking will be targeted through the enforcement of existing laws. To deal with substance abuse, the governor called for increased support of recovery programs.

    Efficiency
    Putting Patients First: Medicaid Reform
    Medicaid reform continues to be a top efficiency goal, not only to get costs under control, but to improve patient care. The governor wants Medicaid to treat the whole person, including mental health needs, and not just treat a patient’s physical symptoms. Since she took office, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos has gathered feedback from patients, doctors, nurses, hospital executives and lawmakers for a collaborative “Partnership For A Healthy North Carolina.”

    Driving Change: DMV Modernization
    Increasing the customer friendliness and modernization of the Department of Motor Vehicles will continue in 2014. New business practices and the increased use of technology will build upon the gains realized in 2013. Last year, 19 driver license offices extended their evening and Saturday hours for customer convenience.
    Wait times in North Raleigh and Cary were reduced by adding greeters to direct customers to kiosks for walk-up service. Nick Tennyson, Department of Transportation chief deputy secretary of support, is leading this effort.

    Rebuilding NC: State Capital Projects
    Work will continue in earnest to renovate, repair and rebuild state facilities to increase workplace safety, and where possible, appearance. The need is glaring. During the recent cold snap some work places in the Secretary of State’s Office could only be heated to 45 degrees. Secretary of Administration Bill Daughtridge Jr. and DENR Secretary John Skvarla are heading up this project.

    NCGEAR: Too Big To Succeed
    The North Carolina Government Efficiency and Reform (NCGEAR) initiative is charged with performing a top-to-bottom review and analysis to see that state government is using tax dollars effectively. NCGEAR will tackle large issues, not trim around the edges, so that government agencies are not too big to succeed. State Budget Director Art Pope is leading the NCGEAR program to review policy, personnel and organization of state agencies.

    Working For Workplace Safety: Workers’ Comp Reform

    Striving For Success: Performance Management
    State Personnel Director Neal Alexander will head up two efficiency efforts. One will increase workplace safety with the intent of reducing injuries and workers’ compensation costs. The other is increasing employee, productivity, satisfaction and engagement by implementing a uniform performance management system. DENR has already piloted this project, and after adjustments, it will be implemented in other state agencies.

    First Lady Initiative: Puppy Protection Program
    The governor and first lady will continue to work for a law that provides basic standards of care for animals by large commercial dog breeders. These standards include food and water, sufficient space, regular exercise and routine veterinary care for dogs and puppies.

  • November 21, 2013 • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement regarding the resignation of Senator Pete Brunstetter who has served in the General Assembly since 2006. Senator Brunstetter notified the governor via hand-delivered letter that he would resign his Senate seat effective December 15, 2013. Governor McCrory called the senator today to wish him well.

    “Senator Brunstetter is a dedicated public servant who has made a difference in education, commerce and took the lead in crafting a budget during the most trying economic times in recent memory,” said Governor McCrory. “He was a good partner with our administration during this first year and Pete brought an intellect and much needed experience that will be sorely missed. On behalf of the people of North Carolina, I want to thank him for his hard work and wish him and his family the best in his future endeavors.”

    Senator Brunstetter represents the citizens of District 31 which encompasses Yadkin and Forsyth counties.

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  • November 5, 2013 • Education, • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory convened the first meeting of his Teacher Advisory Committee, telling its members their work will help shape his administration’s education agenda. The meeting was held at the SAS Campus in Cary.

    Governor McCrory charged the panel to tackle substantive issues such as teacher pay, retention, teacher performance measures, testing and technology in the classroom.

    “You are not here for show,” Governor McCrory told the panel. “Your input is critical to moving education forward because you are on the frontline every day. Only you can provide classroom-based experience about what works with students and what doesn’t.”

    Governor McCrory re-established the Teacher Adivsory Committee in September 2013. The committee is made up of 24 teachers from various disciplines across the K-12 spectrum. Elizabeth Jones, an eighth grade science teacher and department chair at Roland Grise Middle School in New Hanover County, will chair the committee. Jones said in addition to teacher compensation, technology will be high on her list for reform.

    “Many of my students use smart phones and I use smart phones as a teaching tool in my class,” Jones said. “If classroom technology doesn’t become a big push in North Carolina, the digital divide could become as significant as the economic divide.”

    Governor McCrory said the committee’s work will be shared with his education advisors, the Education Cabinet, the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction.

  • October 8, 2013 • Legislation
    Eric Holder's 2014 Racial Politics
    The Attorney General tries to reverse a Supreme Court ruling by the back door.
    Tuesday, October 8, 2013
     
    For Eric Holder, American racial history is frozen in the 1960s. The Supreme Court ruled in June that a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is no longer justified due to racial progress, but the U.S. Attorney General has launched a campaign to undo the decision state-by-state. His latest target is North Carolina, which he seems to think is run from the grave by the early version of George Wallace.
     
    The real current Governor, Republican Pat McCrory, signed a law in August that requires voters to present government-issued photo ID at the polling station, including a state driver's license or military ID. Voters who show up without one can still cast a provisional ballot pending their return with a photo ID. The law also shortens early voting to 10 days from 17 and ends a program that preregistered high school students before they were eligible to vote.
     
    According to Mr. Holder, this amounts to a shocking return to the Jim Crow era. He describes these modest measures to secure the integrity of the ballot as "aggressive steps to curtail the voting rights of African Americans." And he is suing the state to bring it back under the federal supervision of the Voting Rights Act for all of its future voting-law changes.
     
    The Supreme Court held in June that such federal "preclearance" under Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act had outlived its usefulness in states where black and white voter registration and participation rates are roughly equal. That should have been good news, but now Mr. Holder wants to haul North Carolina and Texas back into long-term federal supervision through a back door.
     
    Under Section 3 of the Act, states can be required to get federal preclearance if a court finds that the state has intentionally discriminated against minorities in its voting laws. That's a high legal bar that the Justice Department will find hard to prove, especially since many of the two states' voter ID provisions are widespread in other states.
     
    One claim is that North Carolina's shorter early voting period will have a more pronounced impact on African Americans, who made up 23% of registered voters in North Carolina in 2012 and cast 29% of early ballots. But while the state reduced the number of days for early voting, it maintained the number of total hours for early voting. That change maintains ample time for voters to cast a ballot but reduces the burden on county election officials who have to man early voting sites in the run-up to Election Day.
     
    Ditto a concern that the law disproportionately disenfranchises black voters who are less likely to have a driver's licence: North Carolina offers free state-issued photo ID at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Another gripe is that North Carolina won't accept student ID cards as adequate at the polls, but the reason is simple: State residence is required to vote in North Carolina, and students in the state often come from other states or countries.
     
    Courts have already reviewed similar laws in other states and found them legal. In 2008, in a 6-3 decision written by liberal former Justice John Paul Stevens, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Indiana's voter ID law. In 2011, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled 6-1 that the Peach State's voter ID law was constitutional, calling its photo ID requirements a "minimal, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory restriction." Thirty-four states now require voters to show some form of photo ID.
     
    The worst argument against such laws is that they must be racially motivated because there is so little evidence of voter fraud. Yet no less that former Justice Stevens said in his opinion in the Indiana case that "flagrant examples of such fraud in other parts of the country have been documented throughout this nation's history by respected historians and journalists, [and] that occasional examples have surfaced in recent years." Anyone who thinks voter fraud doesn't exist hasn't lived in Chicago or Texas, among other places.
     
    It's telling that Mr. Holder prefers to file lawsuits rather than take up the Supreme Court's invitation to modernize the Voting Rights Act for current racial conditions. The Congressional Black Caucus has said it is working on a new formula for preclearance, but such legislative labor doesn't get the headlines that lawsuits against GOP-run states do.
     
    All the evidence suggests that Mr. Holder's real motive here is political. Portraying voter ID laws as racist helped to drive Democratic voter turnout among minorities in 2012, and the White House wants a repeat in 2014. Never mind if the suits eventually fail in court. The goal is to elect more Democrats in the meantime, even if it means needlessly increasing racial polarization.
     
    A version of this article appeared October 8, 2013, on page A16 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Holder's 2014 Racial Politics.

  • October 1, 2013 • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC - The Office of Governor Pat McCrory released the following highlights from Chief Legal Counsel Bob Stephens’ media availability this morning:

    On hiring outside counsel:

    “I recommended to the governor, that in this voter ID litigation, that we needed to have our own outside counsel. I did it because of the comments that the attorney general has made, starting back in August. 

    “I was concerned then, and I am concerned today that comments that he made that have been critical of this legislation has compromised his ability to represent the state of North Carolina. I know you’ve seen the comments but just to give you an example here’s one, and this is one that was actually quoted in the federal lawsuit that was filed yesterday. They literally quote our attorney general. He is quoted as saying 'the legislation was regressive and would make it harder for people, working people to vote during the early voting period.' The attorney general also criticized other provisions and called the photo requirement as 'unnecessary, expensive and burdensome.' Now I look at that and I ask myself, ‘How can somebody say something like that and then turn around and represent the people of North Carolina in this litigation?’ I concluded that I don’t think he can. 

    “And for that reason we have hired outside counsel.

    “To give you another analogy, ask yourself this question: If you were charged with a crime, would you want to hire a lawyer who had gone out on a street corner and announced publicly that you were guilty? Would you want to have that lawyer represent you? 

    “So, I concluded that we needed, the governor needed, to have outside counsel, and in fact, that is what we have done.”

    On being in touch with the Attorney General’s Office:

    “We’ve talked with the Attorney General’s staff; the actual attorney generals who will be involved, and I’ve found them to be talented. They have terrific reputations. They appear to be the type that are willing to roll up their sleeves and work hard. I’m very pleased with that part. I’m just concerned about the atmosphere that the comments that the attorney general has created, that it created.”

    On bringing in attorney Butch Bowers:

    “We’re very fortunate to get Butch Bowers for this case. Butch Bowers has been through this battle. He represented the state of South Carolina in 2012 in litigation that was slightly different because they sued the federal government; but same, very similar litigation that we’re faced with right now. So he’s been through the wars. He’s very bright, very talented. And he’s formerly a member of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. in the voting rights section. He knows the lawyers that signed this complaint that was filed yesterday. He worked with them. He knows how they think, and I think he’s going to be a terrific asset to us.”

    On any potential conflicts of interest with Butch Bowers:

    “No, not at all. And we did a complete check of all of his clients for conflicts and other issues. I’m very comfortable with that part of it.”

  • "Protecting the integrity of every vote is one of the most important duties I have as governor," says Governor McCrory.

    September 30, 2013 • Legislation

     

    WATCH: Governor Pat McCrory Responds to Justice Department Overreach

     WATCH: President Obama Shows An ID to Vote During 2012 Election  

  • "Protecting the integrity of every vote is one of the most important duties I have as governor," says Governor McCrory.

    September 30, 2013 • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory today criticized Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to challenge North Carolina’s common sense voter-ID requirement, calling it a meritless federal overreach.

    “I believe if showing a voter ID is good enough and fair enough for our own president in Illinois, then it’s good enough for the people in North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory.

    WATCH: President Obama Shows An ID to Vote During 2012 Election

      

    This legislation puts North Carolina in the mainstream when it comes to voter access and ballot integrity.

    • NC will still be one of 32 states and DC to offer early voting. 
    • NC will be one of 34 states that requires or will require some form of voter ID. 
    • NC will be one of 37 states that do not allow same-day registration. 
    • NC will be one of 43 states and DC that does not allow underage voters to pre-register. (Source: http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/voter-id.aspx)  (Source: Secretary of State websites )

    “I believe that North Carolina is in the mainstream on this issue and it’s the Justice Department that’s working in the fringes. This new law which I signed in August brings us in line with a majority of other states,” continued Governor McCrory.

    Governor McCrory also noted that if residents of North Carolina do not have an ID, the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will begin offering free voter ID cards on January 1, 2014.

    “I’m very disappointed that the Justice Department has chosen to challenge a law that includes provisions such as voter ID as is used in other states throughout our great country. This lawsuit will only result in costly legal bills and drawn out legal battles for both state and federal taxpayers. Protecting the integrity of every vote is one of the most important duties I have as governor of this great state. And that is why I signed this common sense legislation into law,” added McCrory.

  • September 4, 2013 • Education, • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement as lawmakers adjourned the session:

    It was an historic year with new policies that will positively impact North Carolina by rebuilding a struggling economy and fixing a broken, and often inefficient, state government. New policies include: tax and regulatory reforms, transportation, personnel, commerce, voter ID, and a first step toward Medicaid reform.  All these initiatives challenged the status quo and make a positive difference in the future.

    One part of our culture that did not change was passing some flawed legislation during the last hours of session with little debate, understanding or transparency.   Too much education policy was slipped into the budget bill causing serious concerns especially from our teachers and educators.  Executive branch concerns over long-term operational costs were ignored by passing bills with good intentions but unintended consequences, and overriding vetoes on drug testing and immigration.

    House bill 786 triples the E-Verify seasonal worker exemption from 90 days to nearly nine months and has created a loophole that could cost legal North Carolinians jobs. This measure changes the law’s focus from exempting “temporary seasonal employees” to help the state’s farming industry to exempting a category of employees for any industry, regardless of the season or the needs. Thus, I will direct the executive branch to explore all legal and executive authority to ensure the letter and spirit of our nation’s immigration law is followed in this state

    Based upon the lawmakers’ vote on drug testing, the executive branch will not take any action on the new law’s implementation until sufficient funds with this unfunded mandate are provided, not only for the Department of Health and Human Services, but also the funding for consistent application across all 100 counties.  

    I believe the future is bright for our state with the bipartisan teamwork that kick started much needed reforms.   Despite the critics and special interests who want to retain the failed policies of the past, we were strong in our resolve to follow through on the promises we made to voters.  

    The resolve for systematic change must continue so we can compete to retain and grow much needed jobs for today and the future.   The solutions will be complex and at times controversial to many well established interest groups, but we have no choice other than to move forward even under constrained budgets and a tough political environment.  Major initiatives must be made with Medicaid, mental health, energy and education if we are to continue our progress. 

    In fact, today I urged the State Board of Education to take immediate action. 

    We have found the necessary funds through my budget office to ensure that over 3,000 teachers currently pursuing their master's degrees will receive a salary increase when they graduate, an investment of over $10 million.  I also signed an executive order to create the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Council, which will give a voice to a diverse group of teachers from across the state.  We continue to follow through on testing relief for teachers by reducing the number of standardized tests, creating a local control option for our local education systems to innovate. This way our teachers can do what they do best…teach our students. And finally, I continue my resolve and support for raises tied to the creation of a new compensation system for our teachers.

     I look forward to working with the General Assembly in the short session to continue to improve our economy, education system and the efficiency of state government.  More than anything, I look forward to visiting neighborhoods, towns and cities, plus businesses across our state to gain insight and solutions from the best of the best in our great state.

     

  • Lawmakers, sheriffs and newspapers agree: Governor McCrory's vetoes should be sustained.

    September 3, 2013 • Legislation
    Lenoir News-Topic: Editorial: Bad bill richly deserved this veto
     
    "Gov. Pat McCrory deserves praise for vetoing a drug test requirement for people applying for welfare and food stamps — a bill that he correctly described asfiscally irresponsible and potentially intrusive." (Editorial Board, "Editorial: Bad bill richly deserved this veto," Lenoir News-Topic, 8/19/2013)
     
    Winston-Salem Journal: Editorial: Governor was right on vetoes
     
    "McCrory was right in asserting that HB 786 would most likely lead to the hiring of undocumented immigrants for jobs that American citizens would want." (Editorial Board, "Editorial: Governor was right on vetoes," Winston-Salem Journal, 8/19/2013)
     
    John Peters: McCrory right to veto bills
     
    "This gives politicians who voted for the bill the opportunity to tell their constituents they did vote for popular immigration reform while allowing businesses likely to make large campaign donations to keep illegal immigrants on the payroll...McCrory saw right through this, specifically stating the nine-month exemption was too long as he vetoed the bill." (John Peters, "McCrory right to veto bills," Mt. Airy News, 8/20/2013)
     
    Wilmington Star-News: Editorial: With two vetoes, governor shows he can lead practically – as he claimed
     
    "In an administration-produced video explaining his decision, McCrory sounded like a leader who can look beyond partisan lines to consider how certain legislation might hurt rather than help the state." "Editorial Board, "Editorial: With two vetoes, governor shows he can lead practically – as he claimed," Wilmington Star-News, 8/17/2013) 
     
    Greensboro News & Record: Let the vetoes stand
     
    "The governor should demand close scrutiny for every proposed new law. He’s entitled to say no if he finds objections or thinks concerns have not been addressed. The legislature is also entitled to hold an override vote. This legislature does know how to do that, but this time it shouldn’t." ("Editorial: Let the vetoes stand," Greensboro News & Record, 8/24/2013) 
     
    Rocky Mount Telegram: McCrory flexes his veto muscle, at last
     
    "No single member of the legislature won a seat based on a statewide election, as McCrory did. It’s good to see the governor remind legislators of the clout behind his office and to exert reasonable checks and balances on legislation passed on Jones Street." ("Editorial: McCrory flexes his veto muscle, at last," Rocky Mount Telegram, 8/20/2013)
     
    Bill Randall: McCrory does not fear critics or his party on matters of principle
     
    "McCrory’s vetoes reflect courage and principled leadership. Republicans generally strive to limit entitlements, but McCrory saw the requirement for drug testing as overstretching government authority. He believes that if a potential recipient meets eligibility criteria on the basis of financial circumstances and need, the added burden of drug testing may have a dehumanizing effect." (Bill Randall, "McCrory does not fear critics or his party on matters of principle," Washington Times, 8/25/2013)
     
    The Wilson Times: Editorial: Drug tests' dubious savings
     
    In an encouraging nod to individual rights, McCrory called the bill "a recipe for government overreach and unnecessary government intrusion.” We agree. 
    ("Editorial: Drug tests' dubious savings," The Wilson Times, 8/19/2013)
     
    Lt. Governor Dan Forest
     
    "I support the governor’s veto of House Bill 786.   The General Assembly wrote this law and they have the power and the numbers to override the veto. But I respectfully ask that they not do so.  The governor sees the same thing I see in the bill, a loophole that will be exploited by some unscrupulous employers to reclassify non-agricultural workers as “seasonal” for the purposes of evading the E-Verify law." (Press release, 8/30/2013)
     
    Rep. Rick Catlin (R- New Hanover)
     
    "But Rep. Rick Catlin, R-New Hanover, said he was swayed by the governor's decision to veto a bill that directs state health officials to administer a drug test to any applicant to, or recipient of, the Work First welfare program who the agency "reasonably suspects is engaged in illegal use of controlled substance."
     
    "I do not intend to override the governor's veto on either bill," Catlin said. "We have a balance of power, the Senate, House and governor, and I think the governor's made a thoughtful approach on this, and as I learn his concerns I respect his decisions," Catlin said.
     
    Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover)
     
    Rep. Susi Hamilton, D-New Hanover, also said she would vote to sustain the governor's veto of the bill to drug test welfare recipients, even though she supported the measure on a final of three readings.
     
    "The reason I'm going to vote to sustain that veto is because every other state in which this has been tried it's been struck down, because the court's opinions have been that it constitutes illegal search and seizure," she said.
     
    Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick)
     
    "It opens up E-Verify more so than just to agriculture," he said of that measure. "It changed a lot at the end there and made me very uncomfortable."
     
    (Molly Parker, "Most area lawmakers will vote the same on vetoed bills,"Wilmington Star-News, 8/28/2013)
     
    Rep. Garland Pierce (D-Hoke, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland)
     
    “'He did the right thing,'” said Pierce, a Democrat who was the only member of Robeson County’s five-member state legislative delegation to vote against the bill when it was in the General Assembly...Pierce, the chairman of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus, praised McCrory for his veto of the bill." (Bob Shiles, "Drug testing for welfare vetoed," The Robesonian, 8/16/2013)
     
    Sheriff Sam Page, Rockingham County, in a communication to his fellow sheriffs:
     
    "This (HB 786) could lead to large loopholes for employers to take advantage of, if they were so inclined, and take away from North Carolina citizens in need of work…I would ask you all to look over this bill and call the members of our NC Legislature and let’s voice our support of the governor in this veto."
     
    Sheriff Chipp Bailey, Mecklenburg County:
     
    "I absolutely support the governor's veto."
     
    Sheriff BJ Barnes, Guilford County: 
     
    "Based on my experience in law enforcement the expansion of seasonal workers to nine months will lead to additional undocumented workers in the area and would greatly impact our schools, our hospitals, our roads and our local social programs.  Not to mention the increase in unlicensed drivers, which means uninsured drivers and undocumented persons in our community.  These workers also take away jobs from our citizens at a time when the unemployment in this state is at 8.9%
     
    "While I applaud the efforts of immigrants, whether they are legal or illegal, to get jobs and participate in the greatest country in the world, it should be done legally and above board by employees and employers alike.  This is an issue that should be handled at the federal level but they have not.  If the state must do the federal job, let’s do it right.  Come back during the short session and work on a bill we can all agree on that will benefit everyone."
     
    Sheriff Chris Batten, Columbus County:
     
    "We as law enforcement executives owe it to our citizens that have elected us to serve and protect them, to stand up for what is right, not just politically correct, and protect the citizens in our counties.
     
    "Let’s take a stand and do what is right and support our governor. He has vetoed a bill that he felt would jeopardize the public safety which we are sworn to protect and it is my opinion we owe it to the citizens of our counties to support his decision."
     
    Sheriff Alan Cloninger, Gaston County:
     
    "I support the positions of Sheriff Barnes and Sheriff Batten."
     
    Sheriff Bill Schatzman, Forsyth County:
     
    "I agree with Sheriff Barnes and Sheriff Batten, and I support Governor McCrory’s veto of NC HB786."
     
    Department of Administration Secretary Bill Daughtridge Jr.
     
    "As Gov. McCrory pointed out when he vetoed HB 786 a few weeks ago, North Carolina’s economy needs to grow, but not at the expense of its workers. We need to verify that as many people as possible who are working in North Carolina are doing so legally." (DOA Secretary Bill Daughtridge Jr., Letter to the Editor: McCrory’s veto on E-Verify exemption term should be sustained," Rocky Mount Telegram, 8/30/2013)
     
    Mayor of Landis James Furr
     
    "While offering my support of the veto [of HB 786], I also would like to offer an alternative for the General Assembly. Allow the veto to stand and revisit the issue next session. Tighten — not loosen — the E-Verify provisions of HB 786. Accomplish this, and I will commend your body for the first tiny steps our North Carolina leadership needs to take to correct this disaster of illegals flooding our country. But for now, thank you, Governor McCrory, for your action." (James Furr, "My Turn by James Furr: McCrory right to veto HB 786," Salisbury Post, 9/1/2013)

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