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UPDATE: Assembly passes unemployment benefit changes

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The state Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that increases the maximum weekly unemployment payout.

It also creates new limits on who can collect benefits.

The highest monthly benefits would go up by $7, to $370.

The proposal would also keep inmates in work-release programs from receiving benefits.

The bill now heads to Governor Walker.

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MADISON (AP) -- The state Assembly is expected to pass a bill that would increase the maximum weekly unemployment payout but also install new limits on who can collect benefits. 

The measure up Wednesday passed the Republican-controlled Senate on a party line vote Tuesday. 

It would increase the highest monthly benefit by $7 to $370. 

The proposal would also make it easier for the state to recover overpayments made to the unemployed, by allowing for periodic audits of those receiving benefits. 

The bill would also repeal a program that allows claimants to receive an additional 26 weeks of benefits if they are enrolled in worker training. Inmates in work-release programs would also be barred from receiving unemployment benefits. 

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