State Rep. Dustin Roberts filed legislation Thursday that would require an unemployed individual who files an initial claim for unemployment benefits to be tested for illegal drugs.
House Bill 1045 would leave it to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission to establish the drug testing program and promulgate rules for its administration. “We successfully passed legislation last year to require that the Department of Human Services drug test some Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients,” said Roberts, R-Durant. “I think it is good policy and one we should use with any state-paid benefits that might be misused by an addict. I know that my constituents do not want to support a drug addiction with tax dollars.”
Roberts said addiction is a growing problem in Oklahoma.
“We have to do what we can to discourage it as well as ensure we are not actually spending money support it,” said Roberts.
Thursday was final day for filing legislation for the 2013 session, which convenes Feb. 4 with Gov. Mary Fallin’s “State of the State” address.