Growing Trend to Link Public Benefits and Drug Tests

April 18, 2011  |  

(USA Today) — South Carolina state Sen. Harvey Peeler was at a Chamber of Commerce meeting in January when the human resources director of one of the area’s major employers, textile manufacturer Hamrick Mills, told him the company was having trouble hiring some people from the unemployment rolls.  “They said they had potential employees that would come and apply and couldn’t pass the drug test,” Peeler says.  Peeler, a Republican who says he heard similar stories from other employers, introduced a bill Feb. 9 that would suspend unemployment checks to people who fail a drug test they must take to get a job.

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