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Bill: Accounts of jobless checked for overpayments

Published On: May 29 2013 11:23:57 AM CDT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

 A proposal in the state Legislature would allow state officials to check private bank accounts of the unemployed to recover any over-payments of benefits.

The legislation up for a hearing Wednesday also requires the unemployed to provide more proof that they're looking for work.

The State Journal says financial institutions doing business with the state would be required to disclose information about accounts held by people who owe money to the unemployment system. State officials could sue to freeze bank accounts that hold money improperly paid as a result of administrative errors or computer malfunctions.

Earlier this month, the Legislature's budget committee approved a provision in Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal that would require the unemployed to apply for four jobs a week, instead of two, to get benefits.

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