Texas Senate OKs Drug Testing For Unemployment Benefits

AUSTIN (April 11, 2013)--The Texas Senate approved a bill Thursday that would require drug tests for some people applying for unemployment benefits.

State Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, authored the measure, which would require state workers to ask applicants for unemployment benefits a series of questions regarding drug use.

If an applicant appears to have a drug problem, the state would then require a drug test.

Democrats signed on to the bill after adding provisions for retesting and drug treatment programs.

An applicant will have 10 days to request a retest or seven days to enroll in a drug treatment program.

The state will continue to provide the benefits during the retesting period or while the applicant is undergoing treatment.

State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, called on senators to submit to drug tests, as well.

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