Her proposal is similar to a Florida law -- which the ACLU recently filed suit against -- but is focused on unemployment benefits rather than welfare benefits. Haley proposed the measure during her gubernatorial campaign, and now she's trying to see if it's within the state's power to implement the drug tests. But, according to the AP, it doesn't look like drugs are a big issue in jobless claims:
South Carolina's unemployment agency has said that drugs are a minuscule factor in jobless claims. A 2009 estimate put the rate at 0.3 percent.
The state's legislature is also considering legislation that would cut off unemployment benefits if a person applying for a job tested positive for drugs. Haley's office did not return TPM's request for comment.
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