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Fri Oct 29, 2021, 02:33 PM Oct 2021

Iowa passes bill allowing unemployment for workers fired over vaccine mandates [View all]

Source: The Hill

Iowa state lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that will allow state residents to qualify for unemployment benefits if they lose their job as a result of refusing to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

"I believe we have found a meaningful solution to protect Iowans and Iowa businesses from the Biden administration's extreme government overreach," Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley (R) said in a statement after the bill passed the House, according to the Des Moines Register.

The House approved the bill in a 68-27 vote on Thursday. It previously passed in the Senate in a 45-4 vote. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) is expected to sign the legislation.

Some lawmakers and those who oppose vaccine mandates argued that the bill did not go far enough to protect Iowans. State Rep. Jon Jacobsen (R) reported said that the bill marked an "incremental" improvement for state residents, but did not address some of his other concerns.
"There's no repercussions to bad actions by employers," (who require vaccinations) he said.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/579076-iowa-passes-bill-allowing-unemployment-for-workers-fired-over-vaccine

Republican lawmakers have been working to create legislation that would serve as an answer to President Biden's federal mandate that will require employers with 100 or more employees to have their workers be vaccinated or take weekly tests.
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