So what do you think about the new Senate Bill just passed that is supposed to address drug testing welfare recipients? Looks like a revised Bill to make sure it has no real teeth. Next, the welfare recipients will be bringing law suits against the Government contesting whether or not there was “sufficient suspicion” to test them before they receive their free drug money! … and our taxes will be paying for free attorneys to fight for them.
Welfare Drug Testing Bill Passes Senate
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A measure to require drug testing as a condition for receiving welfare has passed the Senate.The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville passed 24-9 Wednesday.
The legislation requires new welfare applicants to undergo a special screening process. If suspicion is raised after the screening, then the applicant would be drug tested.
The proposal differs from an original version that would have required blanket testing. The state’s attorney general opined that approach would be unconstitutional because it would violate applicants’ rights not to be drug tested unless there is suspicion they are using drugs.
The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the House Finance Committee.
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Does Welfare Drug Testing Bill Go Far Enough?This bill may be “better than nothing”, but not much. The original version makes more sense! This bill really waters down the first bill quite a bit.
- It requires “suspicion” after a screening.
- It is only for “new” welfare applicants.
Why should my taxes pay for anyone’s “Illegal” drugs?
Why shouldn’t the government be able to drug test before providing free money out of our taxes! It is perfectly legal for employers to drug test before hiring. The Government requires “civil service testing” as part of their “qualification process”. Why shouldn’t drug testing be a part of the “qualifying process” for welfare and unemployment” as well?
In my opinion, anyone elected to a government office should be required to take a drug test. If you get a gov’t paycheck, you ought to be drug-free to get it. Unemployment is also a government check so, … drug test or don’t get it either! So says Papa B.