Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

By: Associated Press/WOWT Email
By: Associated Press/WOWT Email

Wyoming lawmakers have killed a bill that would have required drug testing for welfare recipients. It's a measure similar to one that Nebraska lawmakers are considering.

Wyoming's Senate rejected the proposal Monday in a 17-13 vote.

The bill would have required the state to randomly sample at least 100 adults in a program designed to help them get back into the workforce. There are currently 117 adults enrolled.

Parents could have also been tested if there were probable cause to believe that they were either using drugs or abusing a child.

Opponents questioned the proposal's constitutionality and whether the problem is great enough to warrant spending money on such testing.

Nebraska is among nearly two dozen states taking a look at requiring drug tests for welfare recipients. A measure (LB 221) introduced last session in the Unicameral by Senator Charlie Janssen was carried over. However, it has yet to advance in the current legislative session.

The issue of drug testing for welfare recipients has also come up in the Republican presidential campaign, with front-runner Mitt Romney saying it's an "excellent idea."


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