Senate to vote on nixing benefits for drug users

Senate to vote on nixing benefits for drug users

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LANSING, Mich. -- Legislation to cut off unemployment benefits for people who do illegal drugs could take another step forward in Lansing.

The state Senate on Thursday is expected to vote to disqualify people from receiving jobless benefits if they fail a drug test required by a prospective employer.

Employers would not be mandated to report when job applicants fail drug tests. But if they do provide the information to the state, job applicants not hired because of a failed drug test would lose their benefits.

Recipients also would be cut off if employers report that they refused to take a drug test.

The bill already has passed the House. It's part of a broader package of legislation dealing with unemployment insurance fraud.

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