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State Assembly Passes Unemployment Assistance Extension Legislation

Sacramento, CA — Monday the California State Assembly passed legislation that will pave the way for out-of-work Californians to receive additional weeks of unemployment assistance.

The negotiated plan between Republicans and Democrats would make unemployed Californians eligible for up to 20 weeks of additional unemployment assistance under the federal extension.

GOP lawmakers including Assemblymen Roger Niello (Fair Oaks), Martin Garrick (Carlsbad) and Danny Gilmore (Hanford) said the measure would give job seekers a little extra help so they could feed their families while looking for work.

The federal government will be responsible for 100 percent of the new benefits as California stands to receive approximately $2.5 billion from the federal stimulus legislation to pay for the extended benefits.

Written by bill.johnson@mlode.com