- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a bill targeting unemployment insurance fraud.

The bill approved Tuesday would deny unemployment benefits for seven years to anyone who impersonates someone to obtain benefits two times. Anyone who conceals information in order to qualify in two subsequent years would also lose benefits for seven years.

Democratic opponents say the change would result in people who make honest mistakes in the complicated application losing unemployment benefits.

The measure is supported by a host of business groups, including the state chamber of commerce.

It passed on a 63-34 vote, with two Democrats joining all Republicans in support.

It must pass the Senate and be signed by Gov. Scott Walker before becoming law.



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