Missouri House Passes Bill to Forgive Unemployment Payments Made in Error

This week the Missouri House passed HB 1083, a bill sponsored by Rep. J. Eggleston (R-Maysville) who was joined by several lawmakers from both parties, that would direct the Missouri Department of Labor to waive repayment of federal unemployment benefits mistakenly given to Missouri citizens who applied for the benefits after losing their jobs due to the health crisis of 2020. Citizens will be required to show that they requested the benefits in good faith and that they did not engage in fraud. The bill as passed would require the state of Missouri to waive repayment of the federal portion of unemployment benefits paid out of CARES Act funds or other federal funds sent to Missouri as part of federal coronavirus relief legislation. Lawmakers expect it will take the state several months to prepare the paperwork necessary to process the waivers after the bill is signed by the Governor. The bill now heads to the Senate.
March 5, 2021 - 10:42am
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