BALTIMORE — A Senate Finance Committee listening to on insurance coverage, banks, and small enterprise loans shifted its focus to questioning the Maryland Secretary of Labor on unemployment points.Final week, a whole bunch of individuals testified in an hours-long listening to in regards to the frustrations they’ve had with the state’s unemployment insurance coverage course of.READ MORE: Claimants categorical their frustrations in hours-long listening to on unemployment insuranceOn Friday, the Senate Finance and Price range and Taxation Committees despatched a letter to Governor Larry Hogan and Secretary of Labor Tiffany Robinson outlining their issues.RELATED: Letter despatched to Governor, Secretary for Md. Division of Labor relating to unemployment issuesDuring the briefing on Tuesday, Secretary Robinson mentioned she plans to concern a response to the letter on Wednesday, however whereas she was on the decision, senators took the chance to ask her extra about what’s being finished to make sure claimants are getting paid.RELATED: Secretary of Labor solutions lawmakers’ questions on unemployment”It’s so very irritating to listen to all the nice issues that the banks are doing, however I simply know there are such a lot of folks that may’t even put their cash within the bank as a result of they haven’t gotten their unemployment checks for 2 months, over two months,” mentioned Senator Katherine Klausmeier (D-Baltimore County), chair of the Joint Committee on Unemployment Insurance coverage Oversight.Robinson responded that they’re working to expedite the supply of debit playing cards containing advantages, and whereas they have been planning to implement direct deposit, it most certainly will not occur throughout the pandemic.”We’ve checked out a number of choices for doing that. It’s coming, nevertheless it is likely to be a troublesome factor for us to do in the course of the pandemic. We completely may have it sooner or later for our prospects,” Robinson mentioned.READ MORE: Questions on Maryland unemployment? We now have solutions.She added that they’ve made progress in delivery debit playing cards to claimants.”Final week, we truly received Bank of America to ship lots of their playing cards from their Delaware facility as a substitute of Tennessee to get them to our prospects inside 2-Three days,” mentioned Robinson.And Robinson mentioned the bank has encountered its personal points with producing debit playing cards.”Bank of America had some provide points with plastic for its debit playing cards and they also’ve needed to work by a few of these points when this pandemic began simply due to demand throughout the nation, not solely in Maryland,” mentioned Robinson.Senator Brian Feldman, vice-chair of the Finance Committee, then requested lawmakers to redirect their questioning to subjects beforehand scheduled on the agenda.”Though we’ve Secretary Robinson right here, I feel the rationale we didn’t need to press an excessive amount of extra on the UI was there was no public discover this listening to was going to incorporate that. I feel it’s good we received it on the market due to final week’s nine-hour listening to and all the remainder, however I don’t need the listening to or the briefing to devolve an excessive amount of into a subject we didn’t give the general public discover we have been going to be entering into the weeds on ,” mentioned Senator Feldman.However earlier than the dialog shifted, Senator Antonio Hayes (D-Baltimore Metropolis) requested Robinson whether or not she plans to vary the contract with Bank of America to concern funds electronically.”We’re trying on the contracts, we’re different alternatives for our claimants by way of distributors however, most significantly, we’re working with Bank of America because the supplier that has stepped up for us to verify to help our claimants in earlier years and thru this pandemic to verify they’re giving our claimants each single possibility out there,” Robinson mentioned.As of final week, 135,533 unemployment claims have been nonetheless pending adjudication. WMAR-2 Information Mallory Sofastaii requested an replace from the Deparment of Labor a number of occasions however by no means heard again.