COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Workers fired for misconduct in South Carolina would be unable to collect any unemployment benefits under legislation advanced by a state Senate panel.

A Senate Labor Commerce and Industry subcommittee on Wednesday approved a bill that would automatically deny benefits for misconduct. Currently, the state's unemployment agency reduces workers' benefits between five and 20 weeks, depending on the type of misconduct and severity.

The Department of Employment and Workforce paid out $50 million in unemployment benefits last fiscal year to fired workers.

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