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Bill to Offer Unemployment Benefits to Military Spouses Advances in Tennessee Senate

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  • February 23, 2012
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Military spouses would be eligible to collect unemployment benefits if they are forced to quit their jobs following a military transfer, under legislation approved by the Tennessee Senate last week.

Currently, individuals who leave a job voluntarily in Tennessee are not eligible to collect unemployment benefits.

A companion bill has been introduced in the House, but has not yet been voted on, reported the Tennessean. The measure, sponsored by a Democratic lawmaker in each chamber, has the support of Gov. Bill Haslam (R), who included $280,000 in his 2012-2013 proposed budget to pay for it.

“We realized the Tennessee was one of only 11 states that did not offer those unemployment benefits, and being from the Fort Campbell/Clarksville area, that was an embarrassment to me,” said state Sen. Tim Barnes.

The state estimates that 3,000 military spouses in the state will have to move each year to follow their spouses to a new assignment.

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