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Special session for unemployment benefits?

by Dara Kam | April 29th, 2010

Lawmakers have agreed to extend unemployment benefits for Floridians by 14 weeks but those benefits will run out on June 1 unless they take action before the end of the day tomorrow.

House GOP lawmakers signed off on approximately $128 million in extra unemployment benefits for about 100,000 out-of-work Floridians until June 1.

Delray Beach Democrat Kevin Rader tried but failed to amend the bill, now on its way to Gov. Charlie Crist, to allow an automatic extension of the benefits if Congress passes another extension which it has done at least four times recently.

“By stating a specific date for participation in statute the Florida Legislature is jeopardizing our ability to participate in future extensions of unemployment benefits should they be granted by Congress when the Legislature is not in Session,” Rader said.

The Senate sponsor of the unemployment measure (SB 1736) said it will take a special session to deal with the issue because GOP House leaders balked at putting the prospective extension into law.

“Unless we have a special session, we will not be able to extend the benefits beyond the June date,” said Sen. Rudy Garcia, R-Hialeah.

Garcia said the House, which originally did not even have an unemployment extension bill, was concerned that the state constitution prohibits the legislature from passing prospective laws.

“Constitutionally, we could not find the language that would have allowed us to receive on federal action that the federal government has not done…We had to negotiate and we had to use pressure to ask them to have a bill if not to take our bill. We were also trying to put this in a conforming bill and looking for language that would make it prospective. But no one wanted to deal with that kind of language,” Garcia said.

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16 Responses to “Special session for unemployment benefits?”

  1. Luanne (from Michigan) Says:

    WHAT LANGUAGE? GEEZ…. how about some plain old ENGLISH! GET BUSY, PLEASE!!!

  2. J Ledyard Says:

    I think the P B Post is wrong.. the benefits are only extended for 6 weeks…. I could be wrong.. but…

  3. tired Says:

    How many times are you people going to post the same thing. This of coarse dosn’t help the long term unemployed. What a joke this country is. Haiti can get help quicker than an American who has no immediate other option can get any assistance. STOP POSTING THE SAME CRAP ESPECIALY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. UNFORTUNATELY FLORIDA ISN’T BEING HELPED EITHER. THIS COUNTRY LOVES THE SMOKE AND MIRROR EFFECT, A BUNCH OF FAKE GREEDY ASS HOLES WHO BACK AND CONTROL OUR ECONOMICAL SYSTEM LOVE ACT LIKE OR EXCUSE ME…FAKE LIKE THINGS ARE JUST PICKING UP AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS DOWN. WELL OF COURSE IT’S GOING TO BE DOWN…YOU BASTARDS ARE SIGHLENTLY DROPPING THE LONGTERM UNEMPLOYED OFF THE ROLLS SO THAT WE AREN’T COUNTED AS UNEMPLOYED ANY LONGER. AGAIN THAT’S THAT FAKE BS. THIS ISN’T ANY HONEST COUNTRY BY ANY MEANS. SENATE STOP TIP TOEING AND SNEAKING AROUND US AND DO YOUR DAMN JOBS THE HONEST WAY.

  4. Dave Call Says:

    What happened to the law providing Florida with 99 weeks of unemployment compensation? A 31 week extension will be granted to anyone who has collected 68 weekly checks.

  5. alex Says:

    WE WILL NOT FORGET!! Next election – let Congress feel the sting of the unemployment lines!!! – How many years have you paid taxes? 30? 40? Your government bails out bankers and Wallstreet execs using your tax dollars – but unemployment is allowed to expire? Congress wasn’t worried about the deficit when that big insurance company and Wall Street execs were giving themselves bonuses with taxpayer money! What happened to “by the people” or “for the people”? Or are the big campaign contributors the only “people” who count to congress? They are playing games and going on vacation while you are wondering how to feed your kids? 10% unemployment carries 10% of the vote! Use it!!

  6. scott Says:

    I will be one of the unemployed voting! and on welfare! wait till they see the welfare numbers jump!

  7. dennis Says:

    which is it 4, 6, 14 weeks i’m so confused???

  8. Betty Says:

    WHEN IS HE GONNA SIGN IT! I know he’s busy, but he needs to sign this thing FIRST!

  9. Mark Says:

    Mr Governor Crist
    can you please sign the unemployment bill PLEASE I have been out off work for some time now I’m tryying to find a job , there is no job like the one I had, so I want to get my CDL lice but I still need help , in paying my bills PLEASE sign it today I have 2 kids 1 little girl thats is 6 years old and my son is 13 I have to take care of them and I have no money left.
    I also have 1500 hundred people who will be voting this year ( and you are runinng for Senater here in Florida, Im also tryying to help others when it comes to looking for info on unempoyment they have all said they will vote for the person I want as a Senater So please help us Mr Governor please sign the UNEMPLOYMENT bill today
    I want to thank you for you’re time

  10. People are starving Says:

    A woman with a bachelor degree was looking for a waitress job. When she arrived at the restaurant, one of the employees told her that she should apply for boss girl – a position lower than waitress. After 45 minutes the women had waited for the manager, he sent an employee to tell her that he was not hiring because the store is too slow.

    The woman had $ 10.25 in her checking account. He put $ 6.00 gas to go to the restaurant. The day before, the woman was confirmed that the manager is going to hire people.

    There are good bargains for foods in the local stores, but people don’t have money to buy food.

    I hope Governor Crist signs a bill that will cover all unemployed. It is hard out there.

  11. Depress Says:

    When is Governor Charlie crist going to sign the Unemployment extension bill? There are no job out there.

  12. R.T. Says:

    Christ & Comrades;
    When the hell are you people going to wake up! We feed, cloth, house, and educate many, many other countries because we are the big brother of the world!
    But you turn your back on your own fellow countryman when he or she needs a helping hand to stay off the poverty roles, a roof over their heads and food on the table for their children and spouse! you are crushing peoples years of hard work and catching up with the American dream while all you idiots play god with your “us and them games” When the hell are going to wake up for “the people who pay you”
    You need to extend the present unemployment until the end of 2010, and need to add a NEW TIER for the long term unemployed until “you brainchild’s” can figure out how get the old jobs back and generate new ones! Wake up, American’s won’t need health care fixed now? They need that tiny unemployment check to survive!
    Wake-up
    Ocala, Fl.

  13. chris Says:

    I want to know what is taking the governor so long to sign this bill that so many people are desparately waiting for. It looks like he does’t realy care about us, unemployed american.

  14. Millie Says:

    My benefits ran out a month ago. I was out every day looking for work until I ran out of gas money. Now I am doing it online. I’ve been out of work for two years. Have never had a problem finding a job. Even went to mcdonalds as well as other fast food. They all said I was over qulified…what the heck. To me that sounded pretty stupid. I can only pray that Our Govenor will sign this bill soon.

  15. Jimmy Says:

    This extension is use less if you already exhausted your tier 4 benefits. This country is going the tubes fast.

  16. Chandy Says:

    My unemployment runs out on May 7, 2010. That is only two days past the deadline. What about us? I have been consistently looking for work, there is nothing out there. Even McDonalds is not hiring! I agree with the rest of the suffering unemployed of our country, when election time arrives….there may be quite a few more added to the unemployment line.
    We the people of the United States unemployed do have a voice, and we will use it come election time.

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