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The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would subject some of the 85,000 Arkansas residents receiving unemployment benefits to random drug testing.

By a 25-5 vote, the Senate on Monday passed a proposal by Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson of Benton that would require unemployment recipients to agree to submit to random drug testing. Hutchinson has said the testing would cost the state less than $30,000 a year to administer.

Hutchinson's proposal would require unemployment applicants and recipients to consent to random drug testing in order to receive benefits. The measure leaves it up to the state Department of Workforce Services to decide how to set up the testing.

The proposal would also prohibit the drug test results from being released or used as evidence for criminal prosecution.

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  • trainingman
    April 8, 2013 at 3:19 p.m.

    Now lets get working on welfare reciepents taking drug test as well. Quit selling them for items, .50 cents on the dollar.

  • 000
    April 8, 2013 at 3:32 p.m.

    Typical Republican BS. MY GOD!!! Between the republican's police state and the democrat's nanny state...we are so screwed.

  • JakeTidmore
    April 8, 2013 at 3:45 p.m.

    NOW -- let's test those legislators living off the state taxpayers' largesse. It certainly demands a drug test to make them accountable for their actions.

    (And at the rate some of them drink, I don't think the supply of urine will be lacking.)

  • jdhof34504130838
    April 8, 2013 at 5:07 p.m.

    how about random drug testing for lawmakers. If they fail, they are out of office, lose their benefits and are ineligible to run again.

  • Populist
    April 8, 2013 at 5:56 p.m.


    Your proposal certainly is fair