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2013 House Bill 4952: Halt unemployment benefits for failed drug test

Public Act 146 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Rep. Ken Goike (R) on September 4, 2013, to make a person ineligible to collect unemployment benefits if a prospective employer requires a drug test as a condition of a job offer and the individual either refuses to take the test or fails it.
    • Referred to the House Commerce Committee on September 4, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on September 18, 2013, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered in the House on September 25, 2013, to break tie-bar of the bill to House Bills 4949 to 4954, meaning this bill can become law even it those ones do not. The other bills in this package make various changes to the unemployment law not necessarily related to drug testing. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 25, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jon Switalski (D) on September 25, 2013, to require state legislators take annual drug tests as a condition of this law going into effect.
      • Ruled not germane by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on September 25, 2013, to declare the Switalsi amendment to be not "germane," meaning it can't be voted on because it introduces an unrelated issue. The ruling passed by voice vote in the House on September 25, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Tim Greimel (D) on September 25, 2013, to "sunset" the drug testing one year after it goes into effect. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 25, 2013.
  2. Passed 82 to 24 in the House on September 26, 2013, to make a person ineligible to collect unemployment benefits if a prospective employer requires a drug test as a condition of a job offer and the individual either refuses to take the test or fails it. The proposed law would "sunset" the drug testing one year after it goes into effect.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on October 1, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee on October 1, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on October 17, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on October 17, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 17, 2013.
  4. Passed 28 to 10 in the Senate on October 17, 2013, to make a person ineligible to collect unemployment benefits if a prospective employer requires a drug test as a condition of a job offer and the individual either refuses to take the test or fails it. The proposed law would "sunset" the drug testing one year after it goes into effect.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on October 17, 2013.
  6. Passed 83 to 25 in the House on October 22, 2013, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on October 29, 2013.

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