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PA House of Reps. Passes Bill Assisting Unemployment Claimants

Anyone who has ever had to file for unemployment benefits knows the painstaking process that can be involved in filing an application, waiting on a determination, and finally getting payment. Perhaps in a move to win over voters, The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed legislation aimed at preventing delays in paying benefits to unemployed workers. House Bill 26 would supplement federal funding for the administration of unemployment compensation by transferring funds from currently existing revenue to assist with processing claims, according to Rep. Bill Keller, D-Philadelphia, who authored the legislation. The money would come from existing employee tax contributions as mandated by law and be paid over four years, with $40 million transferred in the first year. Keller said his legislation is directed at widespread reports of problems encountered by claimants when seeking help with unemployment compensation. He said residents have experienced repeated busy signals when calling service centers, long wait times on the phone, and delays in claims processing. The bill will now move to the Senate for consideration.

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