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NC House gives initial OK on jobless benefit rules

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Proposed changes to North Carolina's unemployment insurance laws require recipients to show photo identification and show more effort in their job search to keep receiving benefits.

The House gave tentative approval Thursday to the measure that addresses unemployment insurance laws overhauled since 2011. Dramatic changes occurred last year, when maximum benefit levels and benefit weeks were reduced and some business taxes were raised to more quickly eliminate $2.6 billion the state owed the federal government.

The bill demands benefit recipients make five employer contacts weekly, up from two. The photo ID requirement affirms a new state policy required when someone visits a workforce development office after receiving their initial benefit.

Thursday's 77-39 vote was largely along party lines in favor of Republicans. A final House vote is expected next week.

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