Drug Testing for Unemployed Texans Months Away

A decision on a federal rule that will allow Texas to start drug testing certain unemployment insurance applicants under a state law that took effect 200 days ago is still months in the offing, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Labor said Monday.

Texas lawmakers approved Senate Bill 21 last year. It requires certain applicants for unemployment insurance to undergo a drug screening before receiving benefits. But officials at the Texas Workforce Commission, which is charged with implementing the law, have been forced to wait on their federal counterparts to designate which types of professionals will be ...

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