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Farmers, sheriffs try to influence NC veto outcome

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Farmers and sheriffs are trying to influence North Carolina legislators before they consider a veto next week on a bill involving a federal database to ensure that new employees can legally work in the country.

Gov. Pat McCrory released comments Friday from several sheriffs who want his veto upheld. Lawmakers meet Tuesday to discuss two vetoes. 

One bill expands a business exemption to avoid using the E-Verify program by redefining the word "employee" to include fewer temporary workers. Sheriffs cited in McCrory's release say the bill creates loopholes and will attract more workers in the country illegally. 

The North Carolina Farm Bureau and other agriculture groups want the veto overridden. They wrote letters to legislative leaders saying without the bill some crops may not be harvested and farms may close.

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