Politics & Government

July 1, 2014

NC Sen. Bob Rucho pushes for unemployment veto override

Sen. Bob Rucho called Tuesday for lawmakers to override what he called Gov. Pat McCrory’s “ill-advised” veto of a bill on unemployment insurance.

Sen. Bob Rucho called Tuesday for lawmakers to override what he called Gov. Pat McCrory’s “ill-advised” veto of a bill on unemployment insurance.

McCrory vetoed the bill last week, citing the way lawmakers changed the terms of his appointees on a board that considers final benefit appeals from unemployed workers.

Most of the bill involves changes to unemployment insurance law. Among other things, it would require benefit recipients to report more job searches and to show photo ID to keep getting jobless benefits.

Rucho and Sen. Bob Rabon, co-chairs of the Senate Finance Committee, argued in a letter to House Speaker Thom Tillis that the unemployment bill would save North Carolina businesses $1 billion a year and save the state $57 million in federal grants.

“We must look beyond the politics of Governor McCrory’s veto and protect our State’s businesses and taxpayers from a return to … the expensive dysfunction within our State’s unemployment insurance program,” they wrote. They called an override “absolutely essential.”

Speaking for the administration, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Dale Folwell defended the veto and disputed Rucho’s claims.

“We will continue to work with the House and Senate on a solution that strengthens our unemployment insurance program, increases customer service and resolves compliance issues,” Folwell said.

The veto was McCrory’s third since taking office. The first two were overridden last year.

To override a veto, both the House and Senate must vote on the bill again, and it must pass with three-fifths of those present. The bill originally passed the Senate overwhelmingly and passed the House with three-fifths of the vote.

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