Kansas advances unemployment bill; staffing surge promised

Capitol Bureau

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are moving forward with legislation to overhaul Kansas’ troubled unemployment system.

A final vote in the House is set for Thursday. It comes after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced plans to more than double the number of staff who help the jobless, and to make them available on weekends.

The House bill was drafted by Republican members and would give the GOP-controlled Legislature more oversight of the modernization of the Department of Labor’s unemployment system.

It would also require upgrades to be completed by the end of 2022. The department says that the deadline is unrealistic.

House approval Thursday would send the bill to the Senate.

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