Lawmakers had a busy Tuesday. The D.C. Council voted to pass a bill that would allow children as young as 11 to get vaccinated without parental consent and a bill that would require scooters and e-bikes to be locked to racks or other objects while they are not in use. And members also passed a bill to extend benefits for unemployed workers who are about to run out of aid.  

The last bill, titled the Unemployment Benefits Extension Emergency Act, would extend benefits for D.C.’s independent contractors, gig, and self-employed workers by an additional seven weeks. Some of the thousands of individuals who get unemployment benefits through the federal CARES Act program, called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, are about to exhaust aid in less than a week’s time, as City Paper previously reported

The bill is intended to be implemented near immediately. Once the bill is signed into law, and the federal government gives D.C. the thumbs up, PUA claimants could see their benefits go from 39 weeks to 46. Individuals who receive traditional unemployment benefits will also see an extension of 7 weeks. Unlike PUA claimants, these individuals could already apply for extra aid through Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and then Extended Benefits. Under the bill, traditional claimants would get a total of 59 weeks of support.  

“We put the pedal to the metal to get this legislation worked out, and I want to thank [D.C. Department of Employment Services] Director Unique Morris-Hughes and her agency for working closely with the Council’s Labor Committee to get this over the finish line,” says At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman, who introduced the bill.

The only question now is how PUA claimants go about getting the extra seven weeks. UI claimants have to reapply for extra aid outside their traditional 26 weeks. Silverman is concerned about unemployed residents needing to reapply for aid, because they won’t know to do so until it’s too late. DOES did not directly respond to this reporter’s question on whether they’ll make aid automatic, but said discussions with the U.S. Department of Labor (who fronts the PUA dollars) are ongoing. 

Read the full story on unemployment here.  

—Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

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