It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Some people in one state may soon have to undergo and pass drug tests before being granted unemployment benefits or welfare.
Georgia state lawmaker, Republican Michael Hardin, is sponsoring the bill that requires random drug tests for anyone getting such benefits.
Hardin says the bill is an idea whose time has come for weary taxpayers. Hardin says, "They want to know without a doubt that their tax dollars are not going to support illegal drug activity."
Harden says the drug test would cost no more than $25.00 and be paid by the person being tested. The state would cut off anyone who refuses the test or fails.
Other backers of the legislation say they want to make sure those on the unemployment line have the ability to go back to work and they say one of the things that's preventing them from having that opportunity is the fact they can't get past the drug test.
What Hardin is proposing is nothing new. The Congressional overhaul of welfare in the 1990s allowed states to implement drug testing as a condition of receiving help. Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Virginia tie eligibility for some public assistance to drug testing for convicted felons or parolees. A Michigan proposal for random testing was struck down by a federal court on grounds it violated the 4th Amendment's protections against unreasonable search and seizure
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The House voted 55-11 to ask the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to study the cost of randomly testing recipients of public assistance for illegal drugs.
Numerous other states have at least considered measures to require testing of welfare recipients.
In Idaho, Health and Welfare must report its findings before the 2011 session - including whether the state could save money by terminating benefits to users.
Rep. Rich Wills, a Glenns Ferry Republican, sponsored the bill in response to concerns from some constituents who fear people getting benefits could be doing drugs, too.