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2013 House Bill 4949: Unemployment insurance reform package

Public Act 147 of 2013

Introduced by Rep. Theresa Abed (D) and Rep. Frank Foster (R) on September 4, 2013 To increase the potential sanctions for taking unemployment benefits to which a person is not entitled. However, the bill would require, rather than just permit, the state unemployment benefits agency to waive recovery of improperly paid benefits when the payment was not the recipient's fault and repayment would be "contrary to equity and good conscience".   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Commerce Committee on September 4, 2013
Reported in the House on September 18, 2013 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on September 25, 2013
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on September 25, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Jon Switalski (D) on September 25, 2013 To strip out a provision that clarifies the state can seek to recover improperly-claimed benefits after "a subsequent" agency or appellate authority determination that the benefits were improper.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 25, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Jon Switalski (D) on September 25, 2013 To establish that if a person applies for a exception ("waiver") of having to repay improperly claimed benefits and this is granted, the exception applies from the date the waiver request was filed.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 25, 2013
Passed 102 to 4 in the House on September 26, 2013 (same description)
To increase the potential sanctions for taking unemployment benefits to which a person is not entitled. However, the bill would require, rather than just permit, the state unemployment benefits agency to waive recovery of improperly paid benefits when the payment was not the recipient's fault and repayment would be "contrary to equity and good conscience".
Received in the Senate on October 1, 2013
Referred to the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee on October 1, 2013
Reported in the Senate on October 17, 2013 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on October 17, 2013
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 17, 2013
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on October 17, 2013 To slightly expand the definition of "contrary to equity and good conscience," so that a benefits recipient would not be liable for repayment of benefits deemed improper by subsequent appeal procedures.
The amendment failed 12 to 26 in the Senate on October 17, 2013
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on October 17, 2013 (same description)
To increase the potential sanctions for taking unemployment benefits to which a person is not entitled. However, the bill would require, rather than just permit, the state unemployment benefits agency to waive recovery of improperly paid benefits when the payment was not the recipient's fault and repayment would be "contrary to equity and good conscience".
Received in the House on October 17, 2013
Passed 102 to 6 in the House on October 22, 2013 To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on October 29, 2013

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