COPY-SC lawmakers aiming to extend jobless benefits

COPY-SC lawmakers aiming to extend jobless benefits

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers will return to the Capitol next week to ensure thousands of state residents receive extended unemployment benefits.

House Speaker Bobby Harrell's spokesman Greg Foster said Monday the Legislature will return Oct. 27 for one day.

On Saturday, nearly 7,000 South Carolina residents began losing benefits that would have been available had lawmakers made a minor law change earlier this year. They joined nearly 100,000 residents who have exhausted state benefits and federal extensions.

South Carolina's 11.5 percent jobless rate is the nation's sixth highest.

Legislative leaders say the session will not allow for impeachment discussions about Gov. Mark Sanford, whose conduct has scrutinized since he revealed an extramarital affair.

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