Missouri Senate set to push through unemployment changes

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Missouri lawmakers are set to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto and enact some of the nation’s strictest rules for unemployment benefits.

Senate Republicans say they have the votes to override a veto of legislation that would cut the number of weeks of unemployment benefits available, depending on economic conditions. The House voted in May to override the veto.

The new rules would reduce the number of weeks laid-off people could draw unemployment benefits from 20 to as few as 13, if the state unemployment rate is below 6 percent. Missouri’s unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in July.

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