Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The bill introduced by Ivy Sponholz would also prevent the disconnection of utilities during the coronavirus pandemic.
Testimony was taken by the House Labor and Commerce committee on HB 310.
She said the unemployment filings are 600 percent above normal.
"Unfortunately for many Alaskans, they can't work for one reason or another. It is just going to get worse from here."
She said small businesses would have access to low-interest loans and obstacles would be removed for the receipt of unemployment benefits.
She said the legislature is considering a number of measures to assist Alaskans.
Sponholz said her bill would not excuse debt but give Alaskans more time to pay their bills.
"This ensures they won't lose their heat, their electricity, or be evicted or foreclosed upon as the result of public health measures caused by COVID-19."