drug testing

10:48 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Unemployment Drug-Testing Law Delayed

Marjorie Kamys Cotera/Texas Tribune

Texans applying for unemployment benefits will be subject to a new drug screening procedure in a program scheduled to take effect Feb. 1. But the Texas Workforce Commission said it will not be able to start the program on the state’s timetable because the United States Labor Department has not set the required parameters.

As proponents of the program raise concerns about the Labor Department’s progress, the Workforce Commission is preparing for the testing without knowing who will be tested.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:20 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Could Your Elected Officials Be Next in Line for Drug Testing?

Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. authored a bill that would require drug tests for newly elected officials.

Lawmakers could be the next group on the state payroll to undergo drug screenings.

The Senate Committee on State Affairs heard testimony on SB 612 today, which would require drug testing for elected officials.

State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville,  told fellow Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houton, in committee this morning that his bill would serve as a counterpoint to bills that would drug test citizens who get state benefits.

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2013 Legislative Sesssion
4:15 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Texas Senate OKs Drug Tests for People on Welfare

The scene inside a San Antonio food bank, where displaced residents applied for government benefits including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The Texas Senate OK'd potential drug tests for TANF recipients.
Lance Cheung, USDA

The Texas Senate voted unanimously today to require drug testing for Texans on welfare.

SB 11 would require Texans who get cash from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to be given a drug screening questionnaire. The answers to the questions could lead to drug testing.

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