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Maryland lawmakers want to open unemployment benefits to all federal workers

Maryland lawmakers want to open unemployment benefits to all federal workers

Maryland Democrats are moving forward with emergency legislation to allow federal employees forced to work without pay during a government shutdown to collect unemployment insurance in the state.

Although a 35-day partial federal shutdown ended Friday, state lawmakers say they are eager to correct what they call an anomaly in the law that disqualifies exempted workers from applying for benefits if another shutdown were to occur.

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