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Senate Approves Change For Unemployment Benefits

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File photo of the Ga. Capitol building. (Photo by Moses Robinson / Getty Images)

File photo of the Ga. Capitol building. (Photo by Moses Robinson / Getty Images)

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia business lobby won another victory as the Senate approved a change on paycheck deductions for union dues and limited unemployment benefits for certain temporary workers.

The dues provision would require that workers be able to opt out anytime from agreements to pay dues through an automatic paycheck deduction. Current law calls for an annual decision.

On unemployment, certain temporary education system workers like bus drivers and cafeteria workers would not be eligible to receive jobless benefits in the summer months when they aren’t working.

The issues divided the Senate along party lines. Republicans sided with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and other business groups. Democrats sided with labor.

Because the Senate combined the proposals into the same bill, it must go back to the House for another vote.

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