Raleigh, N.C. — At the end of the House session on Wednesday, Rep. Paul Luebke, D-Durham, noted that the bill remaking the state's unemployment insurance system is due to be in committee on Thursday. He also noted that the bill is more than 70 pages long. While that's not exactly "War and Peace," it's a bit of a slog by legislative standards, especially when the topic is so complex.
"Would you consider giving us members time to read the bill," Luebke asked Rep. Julia Howard, R-Craven. The meeting could be postponed, he suggested.
Howard said no, that the basics of the bill have been in the public domain for months.
"The bill has been out there since November," she said.
Still, Howard did agree to circulate to members of the committee materials helping to explain the bill, HB 4: UI Fund Solvency & Program Changes. A friendly member of the committee forwarded them on to @NCCapitol and we're passing them on to you:
- A red-lined copy of the bill, which makes it easier to track changes from current law.
- A one-page outline of the bill.
- A fiscal memo outlining the fiscal impacts of the UI bill.
- An information sheet explaining the impact of the UI bill on different kinds of individuals.
- A provision-by-provision summary of the entire UI bill.
- A sheet answering questions about the UI bills.
Bills can change as they move through the process. And if the committee makes tweaks to this bill, some of these materials may no longer apply. But they certainly give you a good foundation for understanding the measure.