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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

 3:51 PM 

Senate passes UI bill, Dems decry differences from UIAC recommendation

The Senate passed a measure that would make various changes to unemployment insurance on a party line vote.

Democrats are argued that the bill deviated from the normal process of approval, in which changes are advised by the Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council.

The bill makes various changes to unemployment insurance benefits, including prohibiting UI payments to social security recipients, eliminating extended benefits for those participating in a work training program and a record matching program with financial institutions to track down UI debtors.

The bill was amended before debate to allow for those delinquent on payments to be afforded an opportunity to contest the claims of delinquency.

Sen. Frank Lasee, R-DePere, said that while they added some amendments to the recommendations of the council, the product is based on their recommendations.

"But this Senate bill 200 is the recommendation of the UI [council] and it' is our job to look at it or move it forward or not,” Lasee said.

Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, argued the bill is a “trojan horse” for problematic changes included in the JFC version of the budget bill. He also highlighted the changes from the UIAC recommendations.

“This is the first time that this body has simply cherry picked the items they agreed with and then set aside the items they didn’t agree with,” Jauch said.

Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, also took issue with the record matching provision, arguing that it was "snooping" into people's bank accounts and that it was "ironic" that the measure was being raised at a time when the federal government is doing the same thing.


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