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Kasich signs bill changing commercial drivers' licenses, extending unempoyment benefits

Published: Fri, January 27, 2012 @ 6:27 p.m.

COLUMBUS — Gov. John R. Kasich today signed into law House Bill 337, which makes changes in the law governing commercial drivers' licenses, including hazardous material endorsements, medical certification requirements, disqualifications, and conviction records.

Further, the new law establishes texting-while-driving as a serious traffic violation for commercial drivers, excludes certain components from the prohibited length dimensions of specified types of vehicles, revises the law governing self-sufficiency contracts established under the Ohio Works First program.

Additionally, the legislation allows more than 20,000 eligible Ohioans to continue to receive state extended unemployment benefits. These individuals are Ohio’s long-term unemployed who are in the final 20 weeks of the total 99 maximum weeks of benefits currently allowable.


1rickking123(320 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

And guess what happens when there aren't jobs available for all of these unemployed. I imagine a large majority of these people worked many years at their jobs before they became unemployed. Anyone want to switch places with an unemployed person if you think being unemployed is so much fun?

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2jfgiancola(174 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I know what happens when you pay people not to work. They are called government employees.

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3stewie(109 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

They are also called state and township employees.

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4peacelover(812 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

"The goal of the unemployment insurance program, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, is to provide people with about half their normal wage. However, it almost never works out that way. The average American collected $295 in weekly unemployment benefits in the third quarter of 2010, according to the most recent government data. But the average weekly salary in that same quarter was $865, which means the jobless benefits replaced just over a third of the average worker's salary."
source: http://money.msn.com/how-to-budget/ca...

I doubt very many of these folks are living the high life on $295 a week like some of you think.

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5wksb50(32 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Shame on the people who don't worry about others. The country is in desperate need for jobs and there aren't any. When someone else has a job loss it just keeps the cycle of job loss going. Unemployment has saved every state . things are really bad without money coming into a household. Its just a critical part of healing the nation. Please people it can happen to you, It happened to me and my husband who worked for companies along time. without unemployment insurance I'm sure it would and could be alot worse.

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