LANSING, Mich. (21Alive) -- In the state House and Senate in Michigan, lawmakers passed bills Wednesday that will require community service for people receiving unemployment benefits and deny the benefits if people refuse to take a drug test.
The community service bill passed the state Senate with a 27-9 vote and will require food stamp recipients and other people receiving welfare benefits to perform community service to get assistance.
The drug testing bill passed the House Commerce committee on a 12-4 vote, including three Democrats in favor of the bill. It will deny benefits to anyone who refuses to take the drug test that was made a condition of employment with a company or tested positive.
According to USA Today, Republicans call the bills common sense but Democrats say Republicans are targeting low-income people for political purpose.
The drug-testing bill has to pass the state Senate and the House will consider both bills. The Governor will have to approve the bills for them to become law.
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