Unemployment Fraud Bill Nears Final Approval 

A bill aimed at cracking down on unemployment fraud is near final approval in Augusta.The house joined the senate in approving the bill, which includes a “three strikes and you’re out” clause for repeated fraudulent claims.Majority republicans say the bill strengthens Maine’s unemployment laws and will reduce fraud, but democrats say the bill will reduce benefits to unemployed maine workers.They are upset over a provision they say delays unemployment benefits until after laid-off employees have used up their vacation time.