[r31] Bill to implement drug testing for unemployment recipients passes House (2/17/2011)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Start Date: 2/17/2011 All Day
End Date: 2/17/2011
STATEHOUSE- State Rep. Kevin Mahan's (R-Hartford City) legislation to require drug testing for unemployment recipients as a part of the hiring process passed unanimously out of the House today.

If a recipient of unemployment benefits drug test is found positive, House Bill 1267 would require the prospective employer to consult the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to stop the recipient from receiving further benefits.

Disqualification would also be implemented if the recipient refuses to submit a drug test when asked.

"This bill holds more people accountable," said Rep. Mahan, co-author of HB 1267. "We are simply trying to be certain that those who are eager to get back to work can. And it's also important to understand that these drug tests are not at random.

"It's not for punitive reasons; it just shows how serious we are."

In addition, if a recipient's benefits have been disqualified due to a positive drug test, they may resume receiving benefits with the submission of a negative drug test to the DWD.

House Bill 1267 will move on to the Senate for further debate. If signed into law, it will go into effect July 2011.

To find the most up-to-date bill status, visit www.in.gov/legislative.