Thursday, January 27, 2011

Will lawmakers require drug tests for the unemployed?

The idea has been introduced this session, and seems to have legs.

Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings is on board, and Gov. Susana Martinez thinks it's a good idea. So does House Minority Leader Tom Taylor, who I didn't talk to in time for the story today, but who said supports it as well.

"I would hope that money went to the unemployed to feed and care for their families rather than purchasing drugs," he said Wednesday night.

If Democrats in both chambers sign on, this bill could go somewhere. It's also apparently part of a national trend, with at least 16 states trying something similar.

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