74
      Thursday
      94 / 72
      Friday
      93 / 73
      Saturday
      88 / 70

      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.