COLUMBIA — South Carolina senators have advanced bills disqualifying workers in part-time and seasonal jobs from receiving unemployment benefits.
The Senate Labor Commerce and Industry Committee sent the bills to the full Senate on Wednesday. Workers in seasonal jobs such as Carowinds could not claim benefits if the jobs simply expired at season’s end but could collect benefits if they were let go during the season.
Two other bills opposed by the U.S. Labor Department were sent back to a subcommittee, meaning they have little chance this year. One would require the unemployed to pass drug tests to collect benefits, while the other would require 16 hours of community service after six months to keep receiving benefits.
Senators postponed discussion on a bill to bar fired workers from receiving any benefits.