MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Legislature has passed a resolution telling the Obama administration that it wants all
unemployment funding available from the federal stimulus package and it is willing to change state law to get it.
The House used a voice vote to approve the resolution Tuesday.
The Senate passed it last week, largely with Democratic support.
A spokesman for Republican Gov. Bob Riley said he's uncertain whether the governor will sign it. But he said the resolution is
meaningless unless the Legislature changes state law.
Alabama could get an extra $100 million to pay unemployment
benefits, but the Legislature would have to change state law to
make 20,000 more jobless workers eligible for benefits.
The governor and several business groups oppose that change because they say businesses would have to pay higher unemployment taxes.
Organized labor is supporting the change.
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