The Alabama Senate also decided in a 21 to 8 vote to reduce the number of weeks that a person can receive unemployment benefits, linking the time to the local unemployment rate. The proposal reduces the maximum unemployment benefit period from 26 weeks to 14 weeks.
When the unemployment rate is higher than 6.5% a person can get a maximum of 20 weeks. The bill also raises the maximum benefit by about $40 per month. The bill will now move to the Alabama House of Representatives.