May 22, 2013(Key vote)
Title: Requires Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that requires drug screening for 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.”