Bill to drug test for Tenn. welfare r...

Bill to drug test for Tenn. welfare recipiants

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Knoxville News

Brookfield, WI

#1 Apr 25, 2012
Bill to drug test for Tenn. welfare advances
NASHVILLE, Tenn. A proposal in Tennessee to require drug testing as a condition for receiving welfare advanced in the House on Monday after the sponsor refused to accept an amendment to drug test lawmakers.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Julia Hurley of Lenoir City was approved on a voice vote in the House Finance Committee. The companion bill is awaiting a vote on the Senate floor.

The proposal differs from original legislation that the state's attorney general said was constitutionally suspect.

The opinion said that approach would violate the constitutional rights of applicants who have a right not to be drug tested unless there is suspicion that they are taking illicit drugs.

Under the amended version, new applicants would undergo a special screening process. If suspicion is raised after the screening, then the applicant would be drug tested.

Democratic Rep. Johnny Shaw of Bolivar asked Hurley if she'd accept an amendment to require drug testing for lawmakers, but Hurley refused.

"So you don't think that legislators should abide by the same law?" Shaw asked.

Hurley responded she wanted the bill to stay as is.

A representative from the state Department of Human Services said there's no guarantee the proposal won't be challenged, but said it's better than what it was.

Under the proposal, the department will develop the screening tool. A person who tests positive for drug use after the screening will be given an opportunity for treatment. roughly 20,590

If the individual refuses treatment, then he or she will be ineligible for benefits for 6 months. Recipients who fail the drug test three times will lose their benefits for a year.

State officials said they plan to set up a pilot program next year, and hope to screen and drug test applicants statewide by 2014.

Loudon, TN

#2 Apr 25, 2012
Why were the four or five comments on this subject deleted from the site? No more freedom of information if the commets do not please you? Would like to see those comments re-posted please.

United States

#3 Apr 26, 2012
It is about time. As for me I am tired of working every day while a lot of welfare folks sit at home and do drugs. If we are subject to drug test at work why would people sitting home and getting paid by us not have to take one?
Just Reading

Knoxville, TN

#4 May 24, 2012
Ummmm..Hell Yeah it needs to be done. I get tired of watching people pay for stuff on food stamps that's not needed like soda's, candy, and such the nest is when they have families first and they can buy cigaretts with it thats the best. I love the fact that my husband and I bust our ass 40 hours a week and are barely making it and these people are sitting back and reaping the benifits of us working. I have people come in on TNCare and fuss about a $3.00 co-pay on brand name meds and tell me they don't have the money and then they pay for soda on food stamps. if you don't like it get a job then you have the right to complain.

Since: Aug 11

Ooltewah, TN

#5 May 24, 2012
People who apply for welfare SHOULD be drug tested. And I think if a person is on food stamps then what they buy with them should be limited to HEALTHY food. I was at a 6th grade graduation last week for a friends daughter and 60% of the kids were overweight. It's sad to think what the next generation will be like. Entitled, overweight and lazy.

When I was in HS (I'm not telling how long I had physical education every day the entire 4 years. I really think they need to go back to that. Their idea of physical activity in HS now is walking 5 minutes of every class. UGH!!! Get them back into learning to play basketball, volleyball and running!!
real bigT

Knoxville, TN

#6 Aug 7, 2012
Please my dear PillSlut return to the Knox forum.
I know we will never be freaky ever again. But i need your help in fending off the endless verbal attacks i have to endure there all alone.
And bring back all of your unregistered alter egos too.

I'm begging you.

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