ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers plan to submit legislation to allow federal employees who must work during a government shutdown without pay to collect unemployment insurance.
Del. Jessica Feldmark, a Howard County Democrat, said she planned to file the legislation Monday.READ MORE: Family Believes Shark Bit 12-Year-Old Girl In Ocean City, Official Says Incident 'Wasn't An Attack'
She says it’s an important step “should we find ourselves in the same situation in three weeks,” when current funding for the government ends.
She spoke about the legislation during a panel meeting on federal relations, which discussed the federal government shutdown that ended Friday.READ MORE: Korryn Gaines Estate Reaches $3M Partial Settlement; Legal Claims For Son Kodi Left Unsettled
While states saw more unemployment claims from federal workers during the record-long shutdown of 35 days, the U.S. Labor Department issued guidance saying employees who worked during the shutdown were ineligible for unemployment insurance.
Feldmark says she believes it’s within the state’s discretion to extend the insurance.At Baltimore School, U.S. Education Secretary Urges People Put Aside ‘Mask Fatigue’ and ‘Politics’ and Bring Students Back To Classrooms
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