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SB 21 - Requires Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits - Key Vote

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Stage Details

Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Requires Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (30-0) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (104-42) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires drug screening for certain individuals who claim unemployment benefits, effective September 1, 2013.

  • Requires an individual who applies for unemployment benefits to submit to a drug test if his or her written drug screening assessment indicates a “reasonable likelihood” of substance abuse (Sec. 3).
  • Prohibits an individual who fails a drug test under the provisions of this bill from receiving unemployment benefits until the individual has passed a subsequent drug test no earlier than 4 weeks after the failed drug test, with the following exceptions (Sec. 3):
    • The individual is participating in a treatment program for drug abuse;
    • The individual enrolls in and attends a drug abuse treatment program no later than 7 days after receiving notice of a failed drug test; or
    • The individual failed the drug test as a result of a substance prescribed by a health care practitioner. 
  • Requires an individual to submit to a drug test if he or she is only available to work in an occupation that regularly conducts pre-employment drug tests as designated by the United States Department of Labor (Sec. 2).
  • Rep. Oscar Longoria voted “Nay” after the roll call.
  • Rep. Eddie Lucio III voted “Nay” after the roll call.
  • Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer was shown as voting “Yea,” but intended to vote “Nay.”
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (31-0) -
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Requires Drug Screening for Unemployment Benefits



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