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Sept. 12, 2014JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  |  By: AP

Shortening Unemployment Benefits Votes Fall Short

Missouri lawmakers have fallen short in an attempt to reduce the amount of time people can receive unemployment benefits.

Senators had voted to override Govenor Jay Nixon's veto of the legislation, but a House vote early Thursday fell two votes shy of the necessary two-thirds majority.

People currently can receive jobless benefits for up to 20 weeks in Missouri, already one of the shortest durations in the nation.

The legislation would have linked the length of jobless benefits to the unemployment rate, providing as few as 13 weeks of benefits if the unemployment rate was less than 6 percent.

The bill also would have increased the money the state can set aside to pay unemployment benefits and required Missouri to consider bonds if debt from the program passes $300 million.