Extended unemployment benefits; clarifies expiration of provisions that expanded certain criteria. (SB791)

Introduced By

Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Extended unemployment benefits.  Clarifies the expiration of provisions, enacted in 2009, that expanded the criteria for a state "on" indicator, during which unemployed individuals are eligible for extended benefits to include weeks when the unemployment rate equaled or exceeded 6.5 percent and was more than 110 percent of the average for either or both of the corresponding three-month periods ending in the two preceding calendar years. The revised eligibility criteria will apply to weeks beginning not later than the week ending three weeks prior to the last week for which federal sharing is authorized by 2005(a) of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, including weeks for which such sharing is authorized by an extension of or amendment to the federal law. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/28/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100869D
12/28/2010Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/17/2011Reported from Commerce and Labor (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB791)
01/19/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2011Read second time and engrossed
01/21/2011Read third time and passed Senate (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2011Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2011Passed Senate (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Placed on Calendar
02/07/2011Read first time
02/07/2011Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/15/2011Reported from Commerce and Labor (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2011Read second time
02/18/2011Read third time
02/18/2011Passed House BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
02/18/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2011Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB791ER)
02/24/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB791ER)
02/24/2011Signed by Speaker
02/24/2011Signed by President
03/20/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 303 (effective 7/1/11)
03/20/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0303)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.