WHAT: Senate Bill 6392

SPONSORED BY: Sen. Michael Baumgartner

WHAT IT WOULD DO:

  • Requires adults ages 18-65 who receive unemployment benefits to perform at least eight hours of community service for every four weeks of benefits they receive.

FACTS ABOUT WASHINGTON’S UNEMPLOYED:

  • In order to receive benefits, the 101,261 Washingtonians who received benefits as of Nov. 2013 must already make contact with at least three potential employers per week.
  • According to the state’s Employment Security Department, 5-6,000 job seekers per month receive a Job Search Review to ensure they are actively looking for work.
  • If it is shown job seekers are not meeting their job search requirements during a review, they could lose benefits.
  • There will be substantial administrative costs associated with the development of this new program.

 QUOTE FROM SEN. JEANNIE DARNEILLE:

“Our friends and neighbors seeking jobs are already struggling to pay the bills and feed their kids in addition to looking for work. Community service is an honorable pursuit, but forcing someone into it simply to maintain their family’s lifeline is downright cold.

“This also suggests that our friends and neighbors seeking work aren’t already working in their communities. That is an absolutely offensive notion.”