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Labor asks lawmakers for unemployment fix

Mike Williams of the AFL-CIO has what he called a "pretty simple ask." He wants legislators, in their upcoming special session, to change Florida law to allow unemployed Floridians to continue receiving extended federal unemployment benefits, if they are passed by Congress.

Current state allow prevents people from receiving extended benefits approved after June 5. New applicants can still receive benefits, but those who have exhausted their unemployment checks can't continue with the next round. A vote on extended benefits could happen next week. According to the Agency for Workforce Innovation, 35,000 people are losing benefits each week.

Said Karen Woodall, a Tallahassee consumer advocate, "It ought to be a no-brainer for this issue to be added to the call."

Of course, the session is currently limited to one thing: a constitutional amendment to ban oil drilling. Other topics could be added with a two-thirds vote by lawmakers or a joint proclamation by House Speaker Larry Cretul and Senate President Jeff Atwater.