Mich. Lawmakers Pass Bill That Will Require Community Service To Get Welfare Benefits

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Mich. Lawmakers Pass Bill That Will Require Community Service To Get Welfare Benefits

September 19, 2013 Updated Sep 19, 2013 at 11:10 AM EDT

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.

Read more about the bills at USA Today.

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