While a number of Tennessee lawmakers want to see drug testing for unemployment benefits the bill stalled in the House, even after a Congressional path was cleared for it.
The controversial question of drug testing residents before handing out unemployment benefits has been a hot button topic in the legislative session. State Lawmakers got their hopes up in February, after Congress cleared a path for the bill with federal legislation. As it turns out, Tennessee lawmakers discovered the federal path has only made it more difficult for states to do the drug testing.
“They allowed for drug testing, but they set up the rules and the rules were so impossible it’s not going to allow for drug testing realistically,” said Senator Stacey Campfield (R) Knoxville.
Campfield said the testing can’t be done for the requisite cost of $79 million, because federal regulations would require that testing use the most expensive procedure, a $300 blood analysis tests that the state of Tennessee would have to pay for…