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      SC bill would yank unemployment benefits for failed drug tests

      A bill that would yank unemployment benefits from someone who fails an employer's drug test is advancing in the House.


      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A bill that would yank unemployment benefits from someone who fails an employer's drug test is advancing in the House.


      But it's taking an odd path.


      The measure failed 2-2 Thursday in a House Judiciary panel, stunning Republicans who are unaccustomed to being on the losing end of a subcommittee vote. After some discussion over what it meant, Republicans said the measure can go to full committee anyway -- just without a favorable report.


      The measure represents a back-door way of denying unemployment benefits for failed drug tests. It involves only drug tests that businesses require as a condition of employment. The employer would report a failure to the state's unemployment agency.


      The House approved the bill last year, over the objections of Democrats. But it died in the Senate.

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