SC bill would suspend benefits for drug users

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State law disqualifies workers fired for drug use from collecting unemployment benefits.


proposal before the House Judiciary Committee addresses

those who are receiving benefits. They would be suspended if a job

seeker tests positive for illegal drugs while

applying for a new

job, and the employer reports the failure to the state.

The benefits could be restored if the person successfully

completes a drug treatment program and passes a drug test.

A Senate bill would require all jobless workers to pass a drug

test to collect their benefits. But the U.S. Labor Department says

that would conflict with federal law.