COLUMBUS – State Rep. Tracy Richardson (R-Marysville) and joint-sponsor State Rep. Mark Frazier (R-Newark) stood before the House Ways and Means Committee to give sponsor testimony on House Bill 614, legislation that would study and reform Ohio’s unemployment compensation system.

“We’ve all heard from constituents regarding the challenges they have faced trying to file for unemployment,” said Richardson. “We need to improve our system so it is better and more responsive for Ohioans moving forward.”

Over one million Ohioans have filed for unemployment since March 15th, a figure that is larger than the past three years combined.

“These are not statistics,” said Frazier. “These are Ohioans. These are our constituents. They’ve worked hard, played by the rules and, through no fault of their own, are now facing economic uncertainty.”

Under H.B. 614, the General Assembly would review and reform the application, processing, and administration infrastructure of Ohio’s unemployment compensation system.

“Our goal is to work collaboratively with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, stakeholders, subject matter experts and constituents to determine how we can proceed to improve the process and provide legislative options,” added Richardson.  

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