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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Ind. first to require drug tests for job training

Indiana's decision to require drug tests for unemployed people participating in state-funded job training programs is part of a growing trend among states trying to corral dwindling resources.

Indiana's new policy gives people applying for job training one business day to undergo a urinalysis test at a site approved by the state. Tests will be conducted for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, the hallucinogen PCP and amphetamine and methamphetamine.

Workforce Development Commissioner Mark Everson says it doesn't make sense to spend state money training someone for a job when they won't be able to pass a drug test.

Indiana University law professor Ken Dau-Schmidt believes the testing violates the Fourth Amendment's guarantee against unreasonable searches.

The U.S. Labor Department says Indiana is the first state to require drug test for job trainees.

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