Maryland supporters of allowing federal employees who must work during a government shutdown without pay to collect unemployment benefits are hoping to advance legislation as soon as this week.
A Senate committee held a hearing Tuesday. A House committee held a hearing last week.
Lawmakers filed the legislation in response to the recent 35-day shutdown. Lawmakers have filed the bill as emergency legislation, hoping it would take effect quickly. The measure's supporters have expressed concern about another potential shutdown after Feb. 15.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Larry Hogan says he supports measures to ensure no federal employees are forced to go without access to assistance, and he'll closely consider any legislation.
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The bill would need confirmation from federal labor officials that the state is complying with the unemployment insurance program.