/ Last Modified March 6, 2012

Unemployed Face Drug Test for Benefits

State Senate bill calls for all jobless payment applicants to be randomly screened

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The Arizona Senate has approved legislation that would institute random drug testing of people who apply for state unemployment benefits.

Senate Bill 1495 would deny benefits to anyone who fails the random drug test.

Opponents say it differs from current federal law, which says only those convicted of drug crimes have to take the tests.

Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor, D-Phoenix, says she opposes the measure because those being tested must pay for the tests, and they already have m oney issues.

“When they have the unfortunate event of losing their job now they have to use the funds, in addition to the small amount they are receiving, for a drug test,“ that's wrong, Landrum Taylor says,

The Senate voted 18-10 to approve the bill and send it to the House.

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