The Missouri Supreme Court has restored the length of the state’s unemployment benefits to 20 weeks, by tossing out the General Assembly’s action last year that reduced payment of benefits to 13 weeks – the shortest in the country.
In a 4-3 ruling Tuesday, the state’s high court said the law never should have taken effect because of the way in which it was passed by the Republican-led Legislature. The court ruled that the Missouri Senate waited too long to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the bill.
Republican lawmakers and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce say they’ll try again next session. The state Department of Labor says 14,612 people have been affected by the 13-week limit since it went into effect Jan. 1.