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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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