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March 23, 2021, 7:22 p.m.; Updated: March 23, 2021, 8:53 p.m.

  • Legislators want to exercise power over elected labor officials
  • The agency’s heads have been subjected to scrutiny and dismissals in several states

Georgia lawmakers could appoint a rival labor director with the power to sue the elected labor commissioner, under the state house’s latest proposal to handle complaints about the handling of unemployment claims during the pandemic.

Georgia isn’t the first state that lawmakers or the governor have tried to put an unemployment insurance leader on fire because of a state’s failures in handling unemployment or fraud prevention during the pandemic. A growing list of government officials across the country have been punished, dismissed or forced to resign.

But neither Georgia’s lawmaker nor Governor Brian Kemp (R) have the …

Chris Marra

Chris Marra

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