Senate Democrats try to repeal unemployment law

Senate Democrats try to repeal unemployment law

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By CRISTINA SILVA
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Senate Democrats are urging their Republican counterparts to repeal a law that makes it more difficult for recently unemployed people to collect unemployment benefits.

Senate Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor sought to repeal the recently approved law Tuesday in a floor amendment to another unemployment bill. Her amendment failed to gain sufficient support.

Republican Senate President Andy Biggs told lawmakers they shouldn't undo legislation days after it was signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer.

The legislation requires unemployed workers to present documents showing they were fired before they can receive benefits. Previously, the burden was on employers to fight fraudulent claims.

The U.S. Department of Labor initially raised concerns about the legality of the bill. Under federal law, the burden of proof is not on the employee.

Related story: Arizona Legislature overhauls unemployment claims

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