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Houston Matters for Friday, August 9, 2013

The Texas Legislature has passed, and Governor Perry has signed, a law which would require some Texans seeking unemployment benefits to pass a drug test. There are numerous questions about the law, including exactly who it covers, in which occupations, whether the state should actually have the right to require such testing, and whether it […]

The Texas Legislature has passed, and Governor Perry has signed, a law which would require some Texans seeking unemployment benefits to pass a drug test. There are numerous questions about the law, including exactly who it covers, in which occupations, whether the state should actually have the right to require such testing, and whether it could ultimately be expanded to other government programs, like welfare, or social security. The Texas Workforce Commission, which will be tasked with implementing the law, says it won’t be able to do so fully until receiving further guidance from the U.S. Labor Department about the types of occupations to be included.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the implications of this law with Professor Patricia Gray, Research Director of the Health Law and Policy Institute at the University of Houston, and Rebecca Robertson, Legal and Policy Director for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Also, a string of 100 degree days can be tough on your pets, as can changing routines as kids head back to school. We talk with Dr. Lori Teller from the Meyerland Animal Clinic about important steps you can take to care for your dogs and cats in the coming weeks.

Plus, we examine the history and legacy of hip hop in Houston, as we talk with Maco Faniel, Adjunct Professor of History at Lone Star Community College, and the author of Hip Hop in Houston: The Origin and Legacy.

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