A proposal to require a one-week waiting period before a laid off Iowa worker could get unemployment benefits has been rejected by the Iowa Senate.
Iowa is one of just 10 states that do not have a waiting period and Republican Senator Rick Bertrand of Sioux City, says it's a consideration for businesses considering expansion or relocation.
Senator Bill Dotzler a Waterloo Democrat, opposed the move.
Bertrand says Iowa's lack of a waiting period penalizes businesses with temporary lay-offs, like Wilson Trailer in Sioux City.
Twenty-two Republicans voted for the proposal, but it was defeated because all 26 Democrats and Republican Senator Brad Zaun of Urbandale voted against the one-week waiting period.
From Radio Iowa