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NC legislature overrides McCrory’s veto of “ag-gag” bill

RALEIGH (AP) — The General Assembly has cancelled Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of a bill that gives North Carolina employers legal recourse against people who deliberately get jobs to steal company secrets or record purported problems on factory lines.

The Senate and House separately voted Wednesday to override the veto. It means the bill will be enacted into law despite his objections. The margin in each chamber was above the three-fifths majority required for an override.

The governor said last week he vetoed the bill because it fell short of protecting honest workers who uncover criminal activity.

Chief bill sponsor Rep. John Szoka of Fayetteville told colleagues there’s no language in the bill that would eliminate allowing legitimate employers to report illegal workplace practices.

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