Unemployment compensation; testing for controlled substances. (HB366)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unemployment compensation; testing for controlled substances. Disqualifies an individual from receiving unemployment compensation benefits if he is discharged from employment as a result of a confirmed positive test for a nonprescribed controlled substance conducted in a United States Department of Transportation-qualified drug screen. In addition, an unemployed individual who applies for benefits is disqualified if he has been rejected for offered employment as the result of either (i) failing to appear for such a drug screen that is a condition of a job offer or (ii) testing positive for a nonprescribed controlled substance in such a drug screen. Currently, an individual is ineligible for unemployment benefits if he fails a drug test conducted in accordance with scientifically recognized standards by a laboratory accredited by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, or the College of American Pathology, or the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, or the equivalent. In addition, the provision that currently permits the Virginia Employment Commission to consider evidence of mitigating circumstances in determining whether misconduct occurred is repealed. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/04/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087943460
01/04/2008Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/14/2008Assigned C & L sub: 1
01/15/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB366)
01/17/2008Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2008Committee substitute printed 080133460-H1
01/21/2008Read first time
01/22/2008Read second time
01/22/2008Committee substitute agreed to 080133460-H1
01/22/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB366H1
01/23/2008Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/23/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2008Communicated to Senate
01/24/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
01/24/2008Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/07/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB366H1)
02/19/2008Assigned C&L sub: Workers' Compensation, Unemployment Compensation & Labor
03/03/2008Reported from Commerce and Labor (14-Y 0-N)
03/04/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/2008Read third time
03/04/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/06/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB366ER)
03/06/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB366ER)
03/06/2008Signed by Speaker
03/09/2008Signed by President
03/27/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 719 (effective 7/1/08)


Alison Hymes writes:

So we want people with substance abuse problems to be homeless and without any income because this is going to help them recover how??