Bill to cut off unemployment benefits to those who fail to take drug tests heads to Gov.'s desk
A bill that would cut off jobless benefits for those who fail or refuse to take a drug test will now head to the Governor's desk for his signature.
The bill would cut off the benefits to those who fail or refuse to take a pre-employment drug test as proof that the person "refused an offer of suitable work."
It would not, however, require businesses to report results of drug tests unless they choose to.
The bill is part of a six-part bill package that would reform the state system that offers cash assistance to residents who recently lost their jobs.
The bill has met opposition from Democrats in both chambers, like Sen. Coleman Young II, D-Detroit, who called the measure "demonizing" and and "witch hunt".
Republicans, on the other hand, have staunchly defended the bill, claiming it's common sense and a safeguard for the unemployment insurance system as a whole.
"They're going to have to come to the realization that they shouldn't be doing drugs," said Sen. Mark Janson, R-Gaines Township to MLive.com "It's illegal, and it can cost you your job, and now your unemployment. I'm not sure what's wrong with that. To me, that's not politics."
The measure, first introduced by the House, and later had a provision added to protect a person's right to use legal prescription drugs.
An additional drug testing bill was passed by the House earlier this year that would require suspicion-based drug testing for some welfare recipients, but the Senate has yet to vote on that measure.