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New Bill Suspends Unemployment Benefits for Failed Drug Test

Anyone failing or refusing a drug test would no longer be eligible to receive unemployment benefits until they find a job and work for eight weeks.

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Employees who get fired for a failed drug test will not receive benefits.

Failing a drug test could permanently suspend a Hoosier’s unemployment benefits under a bill passed by a Senate committee Wednesday.

Under the new legislation, anyone failing or refusing a drug test would no longer be eligible to receive unemployment benefits until they find a job and work for eight weeks. House sponsor Rebecca Kubacki said the measure shows the public their money is being handled responsibly.

“We’re taking good care of their hard-earned money, and we’re not going to give it to someone that doesn’t deserve it, simply because they choose a lifestyle.”

Under a previous bill passed through the Senate earlier this session, failed drug tests would suspend unemployment benefits on a week to week basis. Portage Senator Karen Tallian, who sponsored the Senate bill, said she doesn’t agree with Kubacki’s stricter take on the issue.

“They’re trying to punish people who failed a drug test. I’m trying to get people back to work.”

The bill passed the committee by a vote of seven to two.

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  • Jazzie

    There is an interesting debate in the blogosphere exploring the reasons for the persistent high unemployment rates in the US and elsewhere. Conservatives lay the blame on the structural skills mismatch and argue that this cannot be resolved through any stimulus spending measures. Liberals claim that the massive slump in aggregate demand from the boom, means that there are massive idling resources which can be brought to work with an appropriately structured stimulus program.

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  • AddRokk

    Better make sure they're not smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol either!

  • CAP66

    “We’re taking good care of their hard-earned money, and we’re not going to give it to someone that doesn’t deserve it, simply because they choose a lifestyle.” Rebecca Kubacki…Her logic is flawed: Banks got our “hard-earned money” and spent decadently with a lifestyle which affected many American's resulting in a severe recession…It's also a ploy creating a false positive of Indiana's real unemployement numbers. Those dropped due to drug useage, if not accouned for, can present a did in unemployment claims but not fullyl reflect the real unemployment numbers…It's a foolish bill but serves Mitch Daniels and his continued creative accounting of the state's budget.

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