ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – Lawmakers in Maryland are proposing a legislative package to overhaul the state’s unemployment system. House Speaker Adrienne Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson announced the proposals. Lawmakers say they’ve been flooded with complaints during the pandemic from their constituents about delays, difficulties and unresponsiveness. Jones says the package is a mix of short and long-term solutions. First, they’re aiming to make sure Marylanders aren’t left in limbo for weeks and months. They also hope to chart a new vision for Maryland’s unemployment system that will be better prepared for emergencies.

SEN. BILL FERGUSON

DEL. ADRIENNE JONES