Unemployment compensation; eliminates requirement that certain benefits be reduced by 50 percent. (SB1113)

Introduced By

Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unemployment compensation; Social Security offset.  Eliminates the requirement that unemployment compensation benefits be reduced by 50 percent of the amount of the claimant's Social Security Act or Railroad Retirement Act retirement benefits in years when the solvency level of the unemployment trust fund is less than 50 percent. Currently, such a reduction in unemployment benefits is not required in years when the solvency level of the unemployment trust fund exceeds 50 percent. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100867D
01/11/2011Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/17/2011Reported from Commerce and Labor (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1113)
01/20/2011Read second time and engrossed
01/21/2011Read third time and passed Senate (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2011Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2011Passed Senate (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Placed on Calendar
02/07/2011Read first time
02/07/2011Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/08/2011Reported from Commerce and Labor (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2011Read second time
02/11/2011Read third time
02/11/2011Passed House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
02/11/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2011Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1113ER)
02/15/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1113ER)
02/15/2011Signed by Speaker
02/16/2011Signed by President
03/28/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 751 (effective 7/1/11)
03/28/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0751)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 35 seconds.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB2294 and HB2357.


Bubberella writes:

This sounds like a good bill. I don't understand why unemployment benefits should be cut if you're drawing Social Security. Does unemployment similarly offset private pensions or federal, state and local pensions? If not, then wouldn't offsetting Social Security benefits penalize the poor elderly or disabled while treating those with other pensions differently? Why would we want to discourage older people from working and why is it less of an economic dislocation if an elderly or disabled person loses a job?

Bruce writes:

I'm 68 yrs. old , have been unemployed since 09/15/2010, my Va. unemployment weekly benefit has been cut from $172.00 to 37.00 per week. It's not easy finding work when you'r my age and how do you exist on this amount of money? I've paid into fund since I was 16, as my daughter says" It just isn't fair".