s. 1050: drug testing for unemployment benifits? US may back SC’s effors

S. 1050 is a bill that I’ve pre-filed co-sponsored by Senator Dick Elliot (D-Horry County). It calls for an applicant for unemployment benefits to pass a drug test. My logic? Those currently working are susceptible to a drug test to keep their job, why shouldn’t those seeking unemployment benefits have the same requirements?

The legislation below passed the US House last night. Congressman Mick Mulvaney was instrumental in its passage.

SEC. 2127. DRUG TESTING OF APPLICANTS.

Section 303 of the Social Security Act is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(k)(1) Nothing in this Act or any other provision of Federal law shall be considered to prevent a State from–

`(A) testing an applicant for unemployment compensation for the unlawful use of controlled substances as a condition for receiving such compensation; or

`(B) denying such compensation to such applicant on the basis of the result of such testing.

`(2) For purposes of this subsection–

`(A) the term `unemployment compensation’ has the meaning given such term in subsection (d)(2)(A); and

`(B) the term `controlled substance’ has the meaning given such term in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802).’.