SC bill would yank benefits for failed drug tests

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A bill that would yank unemployment benefits from someone who fails an employer's drug test is advancing in the House. 

But it's taking an odd path. 

The measure failed 2-2 Thursday in a House Judiciary panel, stunning Republicans who are unaccustomed to being on the losing end of a subcommittee vote. After some discussion over what it meant, Republicans said the measure can go to full committee anyway -- just without a favorable report. 

The measure represents a back-door way of denying unemployment benefits for failed drug tests. It involves only drug tests that businesses require as a condition of employment. The employer would report a failure to the state's unemployment agency. 

The House approved the bill last year, over the objections of Democrats. But it died in the Senate.
 

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