New bill would require welfare bums to be drug tested

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Mike

Louisville, KY

#1 Jan 19, 2011
Proposed bill would cut off public assistance after failed drug test

LANCASTER, Ky.(WHAS11)-- One Kentucky lawmaker has proposed a bill that would require random drug tests for adults who get food stamps, Medicaid or other state assistance. Under the bill, people who fail the drug test would lose their benefits, but could get benefits back by passing a drug test at a later date.

Rep. Lonnie Napier (R-Lancaster) says the policy could save Kentucky millions of dollars, and if drug abusers are embarrassed in the process, so be it.

Under House Bill 208, Kentuckians who receive state assistance like food stamps or Medicaid - would be subject to random drug tests. And if they fail it could trigger a loss of those benefits, even if the recipient has children.

"If we random test people, it's going to put the fear in people and maybe they'll clean themselves up," said Napier, "If we can just get a few people off of drugs in the state of Kentucky, won't that be wonderful?"

Napier says the bill doesn't apply to benefits people have earned - such as unemployment insurance or Social Security. But, he says public assistance should not be unconditional.

"People across this country is sick and tired and fed up aiding and helping people stay on drugs," Napier said.

On the streets of downtown Louisville, people told about the bill agreed with it.

"If they're not clean from drugs," remarked Gena Meyers, "then I don't think they should be getting any of the other types of benefits."

"If I have to take a drug test for a job," added Derek Gaskins, "I think they should have to take a drug test to get benefits."

The bill was just filed on Friday and already has bipartisan support, including from the top Democrat in the House - Speaker Greg Stumbo. Though it is unclear what kind of hearing the idea will be given in committee, a top Senate Republican says it's a good idea.

"I think we as taxpayers have a right to believe, to insist that they be drug free," said Sen. Dan Seum (R-Okolona).

Napier says the bill doesn't apply to those with a prescription for a controlled substance and that those who fail the drug test could first be given a warning before losing their benefits.
And as for the children of drug abusers who stand to lose their benefits?

"Can you imagine living in a, children living in a home where it's full of drug addicts?" questioned Napier, "They're using their food stamps to buy groceries and not to buy groceries for the kids. They're buying groceries and trading them (for) illegal drugs."

Napier says the more than 600,000 adult Kentuckians on welfare would pay for their own drug test.

The executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Terry Brooks tells WHAS11 that if the state is ready to help treat those who are found to be abusing drugs, the bill could be helpful. But he warned against it being a simple punishment for drug abusers.
Mike

Louisville, KY

#2 Jan 19, 2011
Mike

Louisville, KY

#3 Jan 19, 2011
Looks like we've finally found a way to get all you lazy negros off welfare! Lmao!
Scarecrow

Louisville, KY

#4 Jan 19, 2011
That will never become law.
Hell yeah

Louisville, KY

#5 Jan 19, 2011
Finally! I've been saying this for years! And yes, section 8 should definitely be included! I live in Fairdale and there are 3 apartment complexes that are nothing but section 8 housing, it just makes me sick. I'm so sick of seeing all the people in my area that I know, grew up with and relatives included, sitting back, living off of section 8, welfare, foodstamps and childsupport and doing nothing but smoking pot, having sex and making more babies to rack up more freebies. I also think they ought to make it mandatory for anyone who is on welfare more than "X" amount of time to be on some kind of long term birth control, or sterilized all together, to continue receiving government handouts. No one should be allowed to create generations of welfare recipients.
Hell yeah

Louisville, KY

#6 Jan 19, 2011
And while we're at it, why not add a in a bill to crack down on illegal and legal immigrants getting foodstamps, welfare etc. Last year when I was laid off and on unemployment, I went in to file for foodstamps to help make ends meet. While I was there, I was the only non Hispanic person in the waiting room, and all could barely speak English. One lady went to the window and told the case worker that she did not have a SS #, and the case worker told her, verbatim, "Don't worry about it, we'll take care of it." I was in total shock. In the end I was turned down because according to them I made "too much" on unemployment (???). WTH? I, a tax paying American for over 20 yrs and never filed for any kind of assistance before in my life, was turned down, but illegals are getting it hand over fist??? And before you say, "how do you know they are illegal?", it doesn't matter. Illegal or legal, no one should be coming to this country to get welfare.
Mike

Louisville, KY

#7 Jan 19, 2011
Scarecrow wrote:
That will never become law.
I doubt it. This is state law, and Ky is dominated by conservatives. I'm betting this will pass with little resistance, lol.
Sarah

Louisville, KY

#8 Jan 19, 2011
it's about time

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Brandenburg

#10 Dec 24, 2012
There's so much ignorance and hatred surrounding drug addiction in our country and it only makes this problem worse for everyone. If you hate the drug problem in your community please consider being part of the solution by educating yourself and learning compassion for your fellow human beings who's lives, and and the lives of their families are being affected everyday by addiction. Their disease is preventable and curable and their chances of recovery are being destroyed by our current drug laws and policies. Drug use, abuse, and addiction should not be a CRIME! "Our" drug problem is and always has been a social HEALTH issue and will only become worse until it is treated as such. Jesus Christ himself was considered a criminal in the eyes of the law before
people learned better. Like things aren't bad enough for the addict. Do you people honestly believe that anyone WANTS to be an addict. Many of them made the choice to use drug while they were still children, teens and young adults. Whining, complaining and right out bitching isn't helping this country's drug problem. But that's all most people here are willing to do about it. Go ahead take their food stamps and welfare away! Lock them up instead of helping them get proper treatment. Who will support their children now? if these children are lucky, a family member. And these family members will soon be receiving the checks and food stamps you took from the parent/s. You've done nothing! Why do you insist on hating other human beings? Make you feel better? Great, sit there and gripe about all the things you are ignorant of and feel good about yourself. At least get some facts before you form an opinion. And please remember a closed mind is like a closed parachute....if it isn't open it's useless.

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