Gov. Pat McCrory is finally close to naming the members of an independent board that will review appeals of decisions on unemployment benefits made by the state Division of Employment Security.
Fred Steen, McCrory's legislative liaison, told a legislative oversight committee Wednesday that two prospective nominees for the three-person Unemployment Review Board have been sent for evaluation to the state Ethics Commission. A third nominee will be forwarded to the commission this week, he added.
A law passed by the state legislature in 2011 calls for the governor to appoint the review board, but for various reasons — including a technical problem in the original law — then-Gov. Bev. Perdue never made any appointments.
Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, complained at the October meeting of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Unemployment Insurance that the McCrory administration was flouting the law by not making the appointments.
Steen, who didn’t identify who the governor is looking to appoint, said that the state's first Unemployment Review Board should be hearing appeals "hopefully this month."
Rucho made it clear that his patience is limited.
"We would hope that this be completed by Friday, alright?" he told Steen. "We don't want to have another meeting on this issue."