Bills filed in House and Senate seek to reform the Unemployment Compensation system

For the upcoming 2015 legislative session, both Senator Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City) and Reps. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) and Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City) have proposed legislation to reform the unemployment compensation system in Missouri and ensure solvency in the fund. SB220, HB150 and HB 493 would tie the number of weeks jobless Missourians can receive unemployment benefits to the unemployment rate.

Under these bills, unemployed Missourians would be eligible for:

  • 20 weeks of benefits if the Missouri average unemployment rate is nine percent or higher;
  • 19 weeks of benefits if the Missouri average unemployment rate is between 8.5 percent and 9 percent;
  • 18 weeks of benefits if the Missouri average unemployment rate is 8 percent up to and including 8.5 percent;
  • 17 weeks if the Missouri average unemployment rate is between 7 .5 percent and 8 percent;
  • 16 weeks of benefits if the Missouri average unemployment rate is 7 percent up to and including 7.5 percent;
  • 15 weeks of benefits if the Missouri average unemployment rate is between 6.5 percent and 7 percent;
  • 14 weeks of benefits if the Missouri average unemployment rate is 6 percent up to and including 6.5 percent;
  • 13 weeks of unemployment benefits if the Missouri average unemployment rate is below 6 percent

The Missouri Chamber is the lead advocate of this legislation and has testified multiple times on its behalf when previous versions have been heard in past legislative sessions. The bill awaits assignment to committee for an initial public hearing.

For more information on unemployment insurance legislation, contact Tracy King, Missouri Chamber vice president of governmental affairs, at tking@mochamber.com, or by phone at 573-634-3511.

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