COLUMBIA, S.C. — If unemployed workers in South Carolina can't find a job in six months, they would have to volunteer 16 hours weekly to continue getting a check under a bill up for debate by a Senate panel.

Sen. Paul Campbell says it's easier for people to get a job if they have a job of some sort. The Goose Creek Republican says his intent is to match people's skills with work that needs done in city or county governments and schools.

Campbell says the unemployed would still have time to search for a paying job. His bill is set for discussion Tuesday.

The senior attorney of the National Employment Law Project says Campbell's bill conflicts with federal law. George Wentworth says it also feeds negative stereotypes of the unemployed.