Florida senators to consider raising unemployment benefits

A Senate committee next week will consider a proposal that would raise maximum state unemployment benefits to $375 a week, an issue that has drawn heavy attention during the past year as the COVID-19 pandemic led to massive layoffs.

The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee is scheduled Monday to take up a bill (SB 1906), filed by Sen. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, that would make the change.

The state’s current maximum benefit is $275 a week, among the lowest amounts in the nation.

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While many people who lost jobs during the past year have received additional federal benefits, the pandemic has led to widespread calls for increasing the state maximum amount.

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The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.