Bill overhauling Employment Security gets hearing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

February 11, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina lawmaker leading efforts to overhaul the state's Employment Security Commission says his plan will better help unemployed workers find jobs.

Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee Chairman Greg Ryberg said at a hastily called hearing Wednesday that there's a need to act urgently on his bill. The Aiken Republican introduced the bill Tuesday afternoon that is nearly identical to the bill working its way through the House.

Ryberg says putting the commission's work under the control of the governor as a Cabinet agency is important. He wants the new Workforce Department to emphasize efforts to put people back to
work. He says unemployed workers deserve more than a check that
runs out.

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