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New Bill Suspends Unemployment Benefits for Failed Drug Test

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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