The North Carolina House of Representatives voted to override the Governor’s veto on SB 532, ESC/Jobs Reform today in a 72-47 vote. The Senate has already overridden Perdue’s veto, meaning the bill will now become law. Several Democrats joined House Republicans to achieve the 3/5 majority necessary.
The bill transferred the functions of the Employment Security Commission to the newly created Division of Employment Security within the Department of Commerce. It also made several revisions to unemployment law in the state. The measure was relatively uncontroversial before the veto, passing 104-12 in the House and 43-5 in the Senate. Party divisions, however, became more apparent during the veto override vote.
The governor stated in her veto message that she supported the legislation’s aims, but that there were several items that needed revision. House Republicans countered that the potential problems were small, if they even existed,
and that they were not worth holding up legislation that would benefit North Carolina’s economy.