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Random Drug testing for Welfare Recipients

Posted by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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 Thoughts? :

Families applying for federal assistance could be required to take a drug test under legislation introduced in the House Health and Human Services Committee Tuesday.

The bills apply to applicants for the federally funded and state run Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which provides small payments for food and shelter while applicants job hunt or receive job training.

In Texas, TANF participants, who receive an average of $70 per month for each person in the household, must sign a personal responsibility contract that is monitored for compliance, including child support, children’s school attendance, parenting classes if required, medical screenings and immunizations for children.

The authors of the proposed legislation say it’s not enough that state agencies simply look for convictions when monitoring the promise to not use drugs while on the program.

House Bill 1582 authored by Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Spring, proposes random drug screenings for TANF applicants, drug testing those found to be at a high risk, revoking benefits and blocking future applications for at least six months if the test is positive, and reporting those who fail a drug test to state child protective services for investigation.

Senate Bill 11 introduced by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound,  proposes screening all TANF applicants, but would  allow children to continue to receive benefits through a designated payee if their parents fail a drug test.House Bill 249, introduced by Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, largely mirrors SB 11 except in the wait time before reapplication after a failed test.

House Bill 1244, authored by Republican Rep. Ken King of Canadian, is similar to SB 11 except that it would not report people who fail a test to state child welfare agents and does not automatically require drug tests for people convicted of a felony drug offense.

The National Conference of State legislatures reports that seven states have passed similar measures and another 29 are considering legislation this year.

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trippyhippy
by Gold Member on Apr. 4, 2013 at 1:27 PM
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It costs way more than it saves.

wickedfiress
by Kellie on Apr. 4, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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This, plus it is totally ineffective on drunks and chain smokers.

AND this only hurts the kids.


Quoting trippyhippy:

It costs way more than it saves.

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ashellbell
by shellbark on Apr. 4, 2013 at 1:37 PM
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Ask Florida how well that worked out for them.
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pamelax3
by Gold Member on Apr. 4, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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I think the new laws are heading in the right direction, but they need to add alcohol  and tobacco to the testing list

autodidact
by Platinum Member on Apr. 4, 2013 at 1:52 PM
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DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Apr. 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM
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I've never had an issue with it. If a govt employee has to agree to be subjected to the testing to obtain their pay, which comes from the Feds, so should anyone trying to obtain money from the gov't.  State or federal. 

Zacksmama82411
by New Member on Apr. 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

I think it's a good idea... in the long run, it will cost less, because it will get rid of all the mooches...

 

And it doesn't necessarily hurt the kids, because the parents may be selling their fs or something to get the drugs..

jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Apr. 4, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Well, it hasn't worked so far.

..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Apr. 4, 2013 at 2:03 PM

I'm anti. It doesn't work. 

survivorinohio
by René on Apr. 4, 2013 at 2:04 PM
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It will only really be effective in catching potheads due to the length of time thc stays in the system.  Most if not all other drugs clear in hours.

Quoting wickedfiress:

This, plus it is totally ineffective on drunks and chain smokers.

AND this only hurts the kids.


Quoting trippyhippy:

It costs way more than it saves.


How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


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