Bill to extend unemployment in Tenn. finding life
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal to extend unemployment benefits to thousands of jobless Tennesseans is being revived in the General Assembly.
The measure sponsored by House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, was voted out of a delayed bills committee on Monday. Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Lowe Finney of Jackson, the sponsor of the companion bill, said he expects it to start moving again this week.
The benefits ran out in April for about 28,000 people in Tennessee after state officials didn't adjust state law to comply with new federal standards. Passage of the bill would mean nearly $60 million in federal funds to pay up to 20 more weeks of benefits for those individuals.
Fitzhugh recently told The Chattanooga Times Free Press the adjustment might have fallen through the cracks in the gubernatorial transition from Democrat Phil Bredesen to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.
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