Lawmakers in Maryland are working on legislation to protect their federal workers during potential future shutdowns like the one that just occurred. Del. Jessica Feldmark, plans to file a bill on Monday that would give essential employees access to UI benefits when working without pay. The state of Maryland is striving to join California, Colorado, and Vermont in treating these employees the same as furloughed workers. The cost is estimated to be $231 million ($9 million per week) in a case of a six-month shutdown. Maryland’s unemployment insurance trust fund currently stands at $1.1 billion.