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Unemployment extension to pass Senate next week

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Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R) Majority Leader Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R) Majority Leader

MADISON (WKOW) -- Senate Republicans say they plan to pass a bill next week that extends federal unemployment benefits for 13 weeks.

The bill would not eliminate a one-week waiting period to start collecting unemployment.

The Republican majority joined with Senate Democrats last week in voting 30-3 to get rid of the waiting period and extend the benefits. But the GOP-controlled Assembly did not agree with eliminating the waiting period, and passed the extension without it.

The bill did not pass the full Legislature because it cleared each house in a different form.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Monday that the senate will vote on Aug. 1 to concur with the Assembly version that approves the extension and keeps the waiting period.

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