Walker approves rule implementing unemployment drug tests

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has approved a rule implementing drug screening requirements for unemployment benefits.

The rule implements provisions in the state budget. Under the rule, those who fail an employer drug test or refuse to take one can be denied unemployment benefits. Those who fail would get taxpayer-funded treatment.

Walker announced the new rule Wednesday, saying it brings the state one step closer to moving residents from government dependence to independence.

The rule will take effect later this week.