NC governor wants ID before jobless benefits

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Submitted: Tue, 05/13/2014 - 1:30am
Updated: Tue, 05/13/2014 - 1:33am

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says the unemployed should be required to show photo identification in person to receive North Carolina jobless benefits.

The governor said Monday he wants the General Assembly this year to pass a law requiring an applicant to present photo ID as part of the benefit process. The Division of Employment Security already has been asking for the ID in recent months as a way to curb fraud. McCrory says he wants a state law to back up that requirement.

Division chief Dale Folwell says most young people already are required to show a photo ID to their employer when they start their job.

McCrory and Folwell also want the legislature to tweak the work search requirements for the unemployed. The General Assembly reconvenes Wednesday.

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  • Maureen A. Wilson says:

    Not only should valid U.S./State ID be shown in person for benefits, but if Gov. McCrory wants the job search ‘tweaked’, 2011 HB786 seasonal job loophole needs to be closed. Under Thom Tillis ‘leadership’ E-Verify ‘legal-to-work’ requirement was removed. Along with no type of job definition for ‘seasonal labor’ work and extended to 9 mos. This loophole allows employers to hire illegally. On the coast, this means hotel/motel, landscaping, construction, and more.

  • Vog46 says:

    You present a bunch of ID when you go to work and even have to pass a drug screen for many private companies. You PAY into unemployment along with paying state and federal taxes.
    And now you want picture ID to get SOME of the money you paid in?
    Should you be required to provide a picture ID to process your tax return? some banks may require a picture ID to cash it but for deposit there’s no Id required – so why a picture ID to get UI benny’s?


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