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Bill on drug testing for jobless benefits advances

A bill to require drug testing for all applicants for unemployment benefits is alive but apparently in trouble at the Arizona Legislature.

The bill has already been approved by the Senate but it barely emerged from a House committee on a 7-6 vote Thursday.

Several committee members who voted for the bill Thursday said they’ll vote no when the full House considers the bill unless it is changed so that Arizona businesses won’t be hurt.

State officials warn that employers could face steep increases in their unemployment taxes because the proposed testing requirement doesn’t comply with federal rules and law.

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