LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker is proposing that the state require recipients of state unemployment benefits to pass a drug test.
Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson of Benton on Tuesday filed legislation that would require applicants for unemployment benefits to undergo a drug test. The bill calls for drug testing to be administered to a random group of applicants before the first and thirteenth weekly payments.
Anyone who refuses to take a drug test could not receive unemployment benefits under the proposal.
Similar legislation was filed in the 2011 session, but failed before a Senate committee.