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Kansas Legislature Unanimously Approves Unemployment Reform

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A March audit found that the Kansas unemployment system was defrauded of as much as $600 million.

Following widespread unemployment fraud that hit Kansas particularly hard, the legislature is taking steps to reform its system.

The bipartisan bill, currently on Governor Kelly's desk, extends jobless benefits through September and reimburses $500 million to employers who were impacted by fraudulent claims. The state is also working on replacing its 40-year-old computer network that allowed the unemployment system to be so susceptible to fraud.

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