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Legislature plans to pass unemployment extension (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature plans to pass a bill next week that will make federal unemployment benefits available for an additional 13 weeks.

The bill was approved by two legislative committees following a joint public hearing Monday in advance of the Legislature taking it up on July 19.

The extended federal unemployment benefits are designed to serve as a last-ditch safety net for an unemployed person who has exhausted all other state and federal benefits. They’re available after a person has received unemployment for about a year and a half.

Up to 11,000 people were eligible for the $363 a week in benefits when they ended in April.

Once approved by the Legislature, the extended benefits would apply retroactively from their end date in April.

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