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A BILL IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIAChairman Linda W. Cropp, at the request of the Mayor, introduced the following bill which was referred to the Committee on Public Services.
To amend, on an emergency basis, the District of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Act to provide for the waiver of the waiting week for certain claimants who are unemployed as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, that this act may be cited as the Unemployment Compensation Terrorist Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2001."
Sec. 2. Section 9(e) of the District of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Act, approved August 28, 1935 (49 Stat. 950, D.C. Official Code §51-1-9(5)) is amended by adding a new subsection (D) to read as follows:
Sec. 3. Fiscal impact statement.
The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code 1-206.02(c)(3)).
Sec. 4. This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), and shall remain in effect for no longer than 90 days, as provided for emergency acts of the Council of the District of Columbia in section 412(a) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 788; D.C. Official Code 1-204.12(a)).
SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS
The purpose of the Unemployment Compensation Terrorist Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2001 is to waive the mandatory waiting week requirement of D.C. Official Code §51-9(5) for individuals who are unemployed as a result of the impact of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The waiver of this single week will allow those unemployed in the transportation,- hospitality and allied industries to begin receiving their unemployment benefits one week earlier than a regular claim. The waiver does not increase the total amount of benefits for which a claimant may be eligible, however, it will allow the receipt of benefits sooner.
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