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Snyder signs law to end jobless aid to drug users

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Gov. Rick Snyder signing a bill. Gov. Rick Snyder signing a bill.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law denying unemployment benefits to job seekers who fail company drug tests.

The measure signed Tuesday is part of a package that gives the state more flexibility to reclaim fraudulent payments. Most bills bring Michigan in line with federal requirements, though the drug-testing law is separate.

"These are necessary updates to make sure Michigan is in line with federal requirements," Snyder said. "They will also help strengthen the unemployment insurance system by reducing fraud."

Businesses don't have to notify the state when job applicants fail a drug test or decline to take it. But if companies pass along the information, applicants not hired because of a failed drug test will lose their checks.

The drug-testing law is in effect for one year as a pilot program.

Roughly 112,000 Michigan residents are receiving unemployment insurance benefits. The maximum benefit is $362 a week.

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Online: Public Acts 142-47 of 2013: http://1.usa.gov/He0j4M

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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