STATEHOUSE- Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) sponsored Senate Bill 86 which passed the House by a vote of 88 to 1 and will now return to the Senate with the House recommendations.
“Under current law state extended benefits expire on April 15th leaving approximately 12,000 unemployed Hoosiers without benefits,” said Rep. Leonard. “It was highly critical that we pass this legislation before the April 15th deadline.”
Senate Bill 86 details the conditions that those who receive extended unemployment insurance benefits must meet. The bill contains procedures for drug testing recipients of unemployment insurance benefits to help police the distribution of funds. The Department of Workforce and Development is prohibited from providing the results of the drug test against a defendant in a criminal case.
“SB 86 takes advantage of the federal money available to fund Indiana State extended benefits and will allow unemployed Hoosiers to collect benefits through the end of 2011, while putting teeth into drug enforcement of individuals collecting unemployment,” said Rep. Leonard.
Rep. Leonard serves District 50, which includes Huntington and Whitley counties. For the 2011 legislative session, Rep. Leonard is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the Judiciary Committee.
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