- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A new committee of state lawmakers has been tapped to review Ohio’s unemployment compensation system.

Legislative leaders announced the joint panel of senators and representatives on Monday. They say its members will see whether the jobless benefits system for workers is sustainable and determine if any solvency issues should be addressed.

Senate President Keith Faber (FAY’-bur) and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger say the group will emphasize getting input from labor groups, businesses and Ohio’s workforce. They say the committee will help craft legislation to be considered this fall.

The panel of six appointed Republicans and two appointed Democrats is slated to have its first meeting Aug. 25.

The committee is being co-chaired by two Republicans, Sen. Bob Peterson of Washington Court House and Rep. Kirk Schuring of Canton.

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