The Ohio House of Representatives today agreed to the Senate amendments on House Bill 2, sending the bill to the governor for his signature. The legislation requires all applicants for unemployment insurance to register with OhioMeansJobs.com prior to applying for benefits, as well as requiring the applicants to make direct contact with their local Ohio Means Jobs office by the eighth week of unemployment benefits.
The bill sponsors, State Representatives Tim Derickson (R-Hanover Twp.) and Tim Brown (R-Bowling Green), made the following statements regarding its passage:
The following can be attributed to Rep. Derickson:
“I’m pleased to see that Ohio is taking another step toward helping its residents seek out meaningful employment. The changes made through the enactment of House Bill 2 will help to ensure that unemployment insurance applicants and recipients are maximizing their job-searching opportunities. By taking advantage of our existing workforce development system, the unemployed will have an easier time both finding a job and developing the skills they need to perform it. This is good news for Ohio workers.”
The following can be attributed to Rep. Brown:
“It’s very important that we assist our state’s unemployed by helping them to find and qualify for a job as soon as possible. House Bill 2 will improve Ohio’s economy by familiarizing those who are out of work with the people and resources that will help them develop the tools, skills and training that are necessary for employment. By linking the valuable resources that Ohio already has with unemployment insurance, more unemployed Ohioans can fill the thousands of jobs that are currently available. I’m pleased that the members of the Ohio House of Representatives recognize the value of this legislation”.