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Welfare Drug Testing

UPDATE: (AP) -- North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he won't carry out one bill the legislature enacted despite his veto until the program is better funded. McCrory said Wednesday he will order officials to not take any action to implement drug-testing for welfare recipients until lawmakers provide enough money for the program. The Senate overrode McCrory's veto of the bill earlier Wednesday.

Drug testing for some welfare recipients is now the law of North Carolina. The state Senate joins the House in overriding Governor Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that changes the face of public assistance. Anyone suspected of drug abuse by a county social worker will have to pay for their own drug-screening. If they pass, they will be reimbursed. If not, current clients lose eligibility. New applicants are denied. Local administrators say much of the language in the bill is vague, so they're waiting for policy guidance from their bosses in Raleigh. The Drug Testing Mandate does not take effect until August 2014.

By Frank Kracher

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