Texas Governor Rick Perry hasn’t wavered from his belief that people receiving unemployment checks should be subject to drug testing.
His fellow Texas legislators seem to be on board with him, too. Perry is expected to sign a law this week that would require certain unemployment beneficiaries to take drug tests. The only problem is the bill depends on legislation from Washington that doesn’t exist yet.
The U.S. Department of Labor was supposed to have a list ready by May that would say which occupations regularly administer pre-employment drug testing. Under the new Texas law, unemployment recipients who work in the fields listed by the Department of Labor would have to take drug tests in order to remain eligible for their unemployment benefits.
But for whatever reason, the Department of Labor hasn’t published any list. Until the department does, Perry’s law is essentially useless. A spokesman from the department declined to comment on the issue this morning.
One reason for the delay could be, as usual, disagreements between Democrats and Republicans. The two parties apparently can’t come to terms with which occupations should and should not be included on the drug screening list.
When Perry proposed his drug testing idea last year, he reiterated the reasons he believes in the cause.
"Every dollar that goes to someone who uses it inappropriately is a dollar that can't go to a Texan who needs it for housing, child care or medicine," Perry said.
Although they were unsuccessful, Texas democrats tried to toss Perry’s idea. Representative Trey Martinez Fischer (D- San Antonio) went so far as to call Perry a hypocrite, saying that he should be subject to drug testing as well.
But regardless of political disagreements, the bill is irrelevant until the Department of Labor finishes their overdue occupation list.
Ah, Washington efficiency. You’ve gotta love it.
Source: Huffington Post