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SC bill would suspend benefits for drug users


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



A

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.

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