State Rep. Tram Nguyen sees first bill signed into law
Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed a bill into law to provide up to $1,800 in additional unemployment benefits to 17,000 people in Massachusetts who were excluded from existing FEMA assistance.
The new law allows the Baker-Polito administration to increase unemployment benefits to recipients in Massachusetts not receiving at least $100 in weekly federal benefits over the six-week period from Aug. 1 to Sept. 5, retroactively.
The bill was filed in the House by Reps. Tram Nguyen, D-Andover; Stephan Hay, D-Fitchburg; Paul Mark, D-Peru; and Lindsay Sabadosa, D-Northampton, and in the Senate by Sens. Pat Jehlen, D-Somerville, and Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow.