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Bill to help DEO fight unemployment fraud passes House committee

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A bill giving the Department of Economic Opportunity more tools in the fight against unemployment benefits fraud unanimously passed the House Economic Development and Tourism Subcommittee Monday. According to LobbyTools, state Rep. Mike La Rosa, sponsor of HB 1017, said the DEO identified “9,600 claims based on I.D. fraud” in 2013 alone. Those figures led the St. Cloud Republican to call for giving the agency more authority to combat the issue. A strike-all amendment removed several controversial provisions of the…

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