Advocates seek redo of Ohio unemployment compensation bill, cite steep cuts to benefits

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A coalition of health and human services advocates says a proposal to change Ohio's unemployment compensation system would severely limit jobless benefits for workers and it should be redone.

The request from Advocates for Ohio's Future came Monday, a day before a legislative panel planned to hold a hearing on the bill.

Supporters say the bill helps address solvency issues with the system so Ohio is better prepared in case of a recession.

But advocates say it would "dismantle" an effective poverty prevention program. Among other changes, it would cut the number of weeks that a person could get jobless benefits. The coalition wants a committee of employers, state officials and others to further explore such changes.

Sponsoring Rep. Barbara Sears says she has no plans to scrap the bill.

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