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2013 House Bill 4949: Unemployment insurance reform package

Public Act 147 of 2013

  1. 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".
    • 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.
  2. Passed 102 to 4 in the House on September 26, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. 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.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  4. Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on October 17, 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".
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on October 17, 2013.
  6. Passed 102 to 6 in the House on October 22, 2013, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on October 29, 2013.

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