|By Philip Walzer, The Virginian-Pilot|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"It means that an individual whose spouse has orders to transfer someplace else doesn't have to feel as though, 'OK, I have a choice to stay with my family or keep my job,' " said the bill's sponsor, Sen.
The measure was approved 91-2 by the House and 40-0 by the
The bill, SB18, also won the backing of the
A similar bill sponsored by Locke was enacted in 2009. But the
The chamber supported the bill this year, Agricola said, because of two important changes. First, the benefits would be provided to "trailing military spouses" only if they move to states that have similar provisions.
About five other states don't have such policies, said
The second change: The current bill specifies that money for the benefits will come from the state's unemployment insurance pool, which all
According to a fiscal impact statement accompanying the bill, it will require every
That amounts to an increase of less than one-half of 1 percent. Businesses now pay
"We support it largely because we want military families to stay together during their permanent change of stations," said Goldberg, from the
"We are very grateful that the state of
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