Less than six weeks ago, the North Carolina Senate gave its final approval to the bill that would require drug-testing for people applying for certain welfare benefits. Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed the bill.
Lawmakers said the N.C. House voted Tuesday with 77 yes and 39 no to override the veto. Senators said they have enough votes to override the veto as well.
Gaston County Commissioner Chad Brown said the bill makes perfect sense.
"If you want help you need to come clean," he said.
House Bill 392 would require people receiving benefits who are suspected of drug use to take a drug test. If the person fails the test, they lose benefits for a year and have to go to drug treatment.
Eyewitness News checked and learned that the state of Florida passed similar legislation recently. A spokesperson with the governor’s office in Florida said the state’s law was temporarily halted by a federal judge and a federal appeals court upheld the ban earlier this year. Gov. Rick Scott has promised to appeal the matter to the Supreme Court.
When McCrory vetoed the bill, he said it's not an effective way to fight drug abuse.
He said similar laws in other states have "proven costly for taxpayers and did little to fight drug addiction."
McCrory also questioned whether the bill is legal saying the "means for establishing reasonable suspicion" and "are are not sufficient to mandate a drug test under the Fourth Amendment. "
Arsenio Hamilton opposes the bill. He said he receives welfare and was once addicted to drugs, but he has turned his life around.
"Drugs is a problem, but they shouldn't hold that against you when you're trying to get benefits," he said.
Brown believes that's exactly what should happen.
"We feel that if you can't drug test for those actions. Those people shouldn't be receiving those funds," he said.
Utah passed a similar bill a year ago. Leaders said the state has spent $30,000 on the program, but only a few people have tested positive.