Lawmakers set date to correct lost unemployment funds

State legislators will return to the Statehouse October 21to restore federal unemployment funds that ran out this past weekend. Under the Sine Die Resolution, lawmakers can return to address what House and Senate leaders are calling an oversight made by the Employment Security Commission.
In a statement from House Speaker Bobby Harrell, he says they expect the process to take no longer “than just a few days” and the General Assembly will not get legislative pay for their meeting time.
House Speaker Bobby Harrell and Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell issued a joint statement saying, “The General Assembly will take quick action to fix this oversight by the ESC to ensure that unemployed South Carolinians will not suffer further by being denied this Federal benefit.”
They says this situarion highlights a need for reforming the ESC from “a reactive check writing agency into a proactive job placement agency.”