Concerned about the effects of a recently ended partial federal government shutdown, Maryland lawmakers are considering ways to cope should politicians in Washington force another closure.
Del. Jessica Feldmark, for example, is introducing legislation to ensure that federal employees who are required to work without pay can apply for unemployment benefits.
Nonessential employees who were furloughed during the shutdown were able to apply for unemployment benefits. But those forced to work with no paycheck could not, because they can’t meet a state requirement that an unemployment recipient be available and willing to work if offered a job.
“It’s a fundamental question...