COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A state legislator insisted Wednesday that a clause in the House budget plan forces South Carolina’s unemployment agency to resume providing in-person help with unemployment benefits in 17 rural offices. But the governor’s office is adamant that it does no such thing.

Democratic Rep. Ted Vick said his amendment would require the Department of Employment and Workforce to restore face-to-face help with unemployment benefits. State offices where those services were cut Feb. 15 include Vick’s home county of Chesterfield.

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