A new measure signed into law will keep people fired from their jobs for drug and alcohol abuse from receiving jobless benefits. And, the Senate sponsor of unemployment insurance reforms, Senator Luann Ridgeway of Smithville, insists the measure won’t punish people for behavior long in that person’s past. Governor Matt Blunt and backers of the changes say it is not aimed at punishing someone for something he or she might have done in the past, just current behavior that could be a danger to the individual or co-workers. Blunt says the changes were needed for the state’s embattled unemployment insurance system to remain viable in the future.
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