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Haley: Tie benefits to drug tests

Oct 6, 2010 6:36:00 AM - thestate.com

South Carolina’s more than 236,000 unemployed workers could have to take a drug test in order to receive jobless benefits, according to a proposal by Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley Tuesday.

But Haley’s Democratic opponent, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, criticized Haley for asking the state’s jobless agency — while a sitting lawmaker — to delay a 2005 audit of her parents’ clothing business. A former agency commissioner said Haley called her and requested the delay.

Former Employment Security commissioner Becky Richardson said Haley called her in 2005 to request the agency delay an audit of her parents’ business, Exotica International. Richardson said she received two similar requests in six years at the agency, but believed it was common to honor the requests.

“She called me personally,” Richardson said. “It was a busy time at the business.

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