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There are 89 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Feb 14, 2012, titled Senate OKs Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and .... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

The Virginia Senate has passed legislation to require drug screening of welfare recipients.

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County Resident

Raleigh, NC

#1 Feb 14, 2012
Fine with me. They should test everyone who is currently receiving benefits right now in order for them to continue. Purely to establish a "baseline", you understand. I do agree they will spend a lot of money testing people, but that's our tax dollars at work.
roadtrip

Louisa, VA

#2 Feb 14, 2012
Hey Opponents...if I want a paycheck, I have to pass a drug test at work. What is so offensive about doing that for FREE stuff?

Seriously...suck it up and pee already. If I have to pay for it, I should be able to demand that my money that I pay taxes on (by passing a drug test) be distrubuted wisely. I am offended for them NOT having to pass a drug test.
Pee For sale

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Feb 14, 2012
I am selling my pee for one of your checks. We may as well both benefit from a system that is designed to be abused.
Good Going

Houston, TX

#4 Feb 14, 2012
roadtrip wrote:
Hey Opponents...if I want a paycheck, I have to pass a drug test at work. What is so offensive about doing that for FREE stuff?
Seriously...**** it up and pee already. If I have to pay for it, I should be able to demand that my money that I pay taxes on (by passing a drug test) be distrubuted wisely. I am offended for them NOT having to pass a drug test.
Right On! The only people offended by this are the ones that are receiving their assistance, then selling it for cash. Then they go buy their drugs. I think this law should have been in place years ago! If you don't do drugs, what is the problem?
Who cares

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Feb 14, 2012
I would rather the state spend more money drug testing these people then just paying it out.
torch

Brookneal, VA

#6 Feb 14, 2012
Hmmmm, this would mean half of charlottesville will be out of food
luv va

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Feb 14, 2012
wait a minute,,,opponents of the bill say it offends the dignity of welfare recipients,,well it offended the dignity of my husband when he was working and working harder then any welfare recipients do that he had to go for a drug test..(I do agree there are some who recieve welfare help who really do need it at times in their lives,however those are the people who try to get off it as soon as they can and they are not people who make a living on welfare.)
Maybe the opponents should be drug tested and see what comes back for them,,,we may be surprised not that the results would ever become known.
BIRDMAN

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Feb 14, 2012
Does this mean they will loose their free cellphones too that the taxpayers pay for on their telephone bill. Just one of the taxes on your telephone bill.
The free cellphone cost the taxpayer $1.8 billion
a year.Bet a lot of drug deals are made on them too.
torch

Brookneal, VA

#9 Feb 14, 2012
Dignity, is that what they are offending when someone is applying to get a job at wal mart?
Shelly

Cockeysville, MD

#10 Feb 14, 2012
How about drug testing offends potential employees and incorrectly assumes people who want a job use drugs???
WTH?
huh

Richmond, VA

#11 Feb 14, 2012
About time!! I have to take a drug test just so I can work to make money, why shouldnt you have to take one to recieve free money!!! Come on get real!
teddy

Staunton, VA

#12 Feb 14, 2012
I think there is nothing wrong with making people pass a drug test for tax payers money that they work hard for. Right now i work a full time job and receive medicaid for my 4 month old daughter, w/o it i could not afford health insurance or doctor bills and i would have no problem taking a test if they wanted one every week to keep insurance for my daughter
Waste of tax money

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Feb 14, 2012
There are much more important priorities to spend our tax revenues on than this. Lobbyists for big corporate drug testing labs are behind this for sure. Not only will they enrich themselves at taxpayers expense, no doubt they are financially supporting politicians to enact this legislation. Also it will be legally challenged as it has been in other states, enriching lawyers and costing tax payers even more. If politicians really want to control welfare recipients, they would need to test on far more commonly abused stuff like tobacco and alcohol. I say, if we're going to drug test anyone, let's start with the politicians supporting this legislation.
Matthew Dillon

Johnson City, TN

#14 Feb 14, 2012
When the welfare program first started, it was to help those that were down on their luck or needed a helping hand to feed their families till they found work. Now, if you've worked all your life and need help you're told we can't help you. Something most definitely needs to be done and this IS a great start.
The Bear

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Feb 14, 2012
No drugs, no problem. Clean testing would encourage those parents to be good models for their kids, who We The People are supporting. Anyone against drug testing is for drug use and government support for buying illegal drugs.
mare

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Feb 14, 2012
It's a VOLUNTARY program! They don't have to be a part of it!
JCS

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Feb 14, 2012
Yes, to drug testing!
To the Least of These

Collinsville, VA

#18 Feb 14, 2012
Let's test all who receive public funding...including lawmakers. This law is a crime against humanity. What about treatment and recovery? "The moral arc of the universe is long but it always bends toward justice." –MLK

Mark my words...this law will not last.
Dude

Spotsylvania, VA

#19 Feb 14, 2012
To the Least of These wrote:
Let's test all who receive public funding...including lawmakers. This law is a crime against humanity. What about treatment and recovery? "The moral arc of the universe is long but it always bends toward justice." –MLK
Mark my words...this law will not last.
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"

If there was only a place that already had this policy in place and we could learn from it...

Oh, wait, there is... It's called Florida, and it's costed the tax payers of FLA hundreds of thousands more than than it has saved. That's before a judge halted the program questioning its constitutionality.

I'm against this law for a number of reasons, none have to do with the dignity of the poor, but mostly, because it's a waste of money.
twinmom

Crozet, VA

#20 Feb 14, 2012
So they might be offended by a drug test? I hope that they are! Maybe they will be so offended that they will try a little harder to find work and get off the dole.
Drug testing is money well spent. The authorities should also do background checks every month on welfare recipients or use the free cell phones they are given to round up all of those with outstanding warrants and INS problems. As a legal and law-abiding citizen, I have to submit to a background check if I want to buy a hunting rifle with my own money, so why shouldn't welfare recipients have to submit to background checks?

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