Legislation to cut off unemployment benefits for people who do illegal drugs has taken another step forward in Lansing.
The Republican-led state Senate on Thursday voted 28-10 to disqualify people from receiving jobless benefits if they fail a drug test required by a prospective employer.
Employers wouldn't be mandated to report when job applicants fail drug tests. But if they do provide the information to the state, job applicants not hired because of a failed drug test would lose their benefits.
Recipients also would be cut off if employers report that they refused to take a drug test.
The bill, which passed the House earlier, returns to the House for a final vote because changes were made. It's part of a broader package of legislation dealing with unemployment insurance fraud.