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McCrory vetoes changes to unemployment insurance law

Posted June 24, 2014

Gov. Pat McCrory

— Gov. Pat McCrory has vetoed a bill tweaking the state's unemployment insurance law and the commission that makes final benefit decisions in appeals.

McCrory said in a statement Tuesday that he was unhappy with the legislature's changes to a three-member Board of Review, which he has the power to appoint. The measure would stagger and shorten terms of current members, who he says have performed their duties well.

"Although the vast majority of this bill contains much needed revisions to unemployment insurance laws, there are unacceptable provisions which stagger and shorten terms of current lawfully seated members," McCrory said. "I appointed these members following a previous legislative directive that did not require confirmation for initial appointees."

Legislators and the McCrory administration have been feuding for months over the board, which reviews decisions the agency makes about the awarding of unemployment benefits.

In its unemployment reform bill last year, the legislature directed McCrory to appoint the board. But the appointments were months late.

Assistant Commerce Secretary Dale Folwell, who heads the Division of Employment Security, told an oversight committee early this year he didn't think the board was necessary.

McCrory did eventually appoint the three members, but state House and Senate leaders argued that, because he had not appointed them by the date given in the bill, they were free to change the rules for those appointments and give themselves the power to confirm or reject his nominees.

McCrory issued the veto Tuesday afternoon, sending the bill back to the General Assembly, which can override the veto if each chamber has enough votes.

This is McCrory's third veto since taking office 17 months ago. The legislature overrode the other two last year.

Associated Press Reporter Gary D. Robertson contributed to this report.

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  • teleman60 Jun 25, 2014

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    And republicans make sure to bankrupt them before they shift their jobs over seas and then cut unemployment so they LOSE EVERYTHING!!

  • Arthur Raleigh Jun 25, 2014
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    The Republican party- the people how care about other people....

  • Paul M Jun 25, 2014

    Ahhhh Somebody steoed on his feet. Now you got the feel of what your doing

  • lopo Jun 25, 2014

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    I agree but democrats survive by making people depend on governement assistance so they coninue to vote democract.

  • Eq Videri Jun 25, 2014
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    You show 'em who's in charge, Pat!

  • patracles221 Jun 25, 2014

    if women, minorities and students had come out to vote in 2010 then none of the would have happened. you have no one but yourselves to blame.

  • PJM Jun 25, 2014

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    You could not have said it any better! If I didnot know any better I would think they are deliberately causing havoc in anyway necessary! How Sad & embarrassing to North Carolina residents.

  • Chatham Adam Jun 25, 2014

    Now they are down to fighting over whose scheme for denying totally proper unemployment claims will prevail, the legislature's scheme or the McCrory/Pope scheme. Is this a great state or what?

  • Dukefan1 Jun 24, 2014

    Democrats, please get out to vote this fall. We need these people out of here.

  • Dukefan1 Jun 24, 2014

    Seems to me that McCrory is a lame duck. He has no power. The GOP General assembly is basicall our governor,

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