Sen Nancy Detert has filed S.B. 728, which expands the bases for disqualification from receiving benefits, requires claimants to prove their activities in seeking work, and raises the maximum tax rate to 6.4 percent (retroactive to January 1, 2011). The weak economy and resultant declines in employers and employees has had a significant impact on the state's unemployment compensation program. During the fall of 2009, the state exhausted funds paid into the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund and has since borrowed nearly $2 billion from the federal government. The bill is scheduled to be heard today in the Committee on Commerce and Tourism. The House will be taking up similar legislation in the form of a proposed committee bill on Thursday in the Economic Development and Tourism subcommittee.