Perry Signs Unemployment Drug-Testing Bill

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says he’s heard from hundreds of employers across the state over the years about how hard it is for them to find job applicants who can pass a pre-employment drug test. He said Senate Bill 21, which Gov. Rick Perry signed into law on Friday, will help solve that problem.

“The program of being able to provide some short-term benefits to help people get back on their feet is a laudatory program,” Dewhurst said, “but it’s been abused.”

The bill, by state Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, will subject Texans applying for unemployment benefits ...

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