Texas to get suspicion-based drug testing for welfare recipients…

Texas to get suspicion-based drug testing for welfare applicants

Bill: SB11 (PDF)

Sponsored by Sen. Jane Nelson with early backing from Gov. Rick Perry, SB11 states that “each adult applicant for financial assistance benefits, including an applicant applying solely on behalf of a child, who initially applies for those benefits or who applies for the continuation of those benefits must submit to a controlled substance use screening assessment to establish the applicant’s or the child’s eligibility for the benefits. A person whose controlled substance use screening assessment conducted under this section indicates good cause to suspect the person of controlled substance use shall submit to a drug test to establish the eligibility of the person and the person’s family for financial assistance benefits.”

Also: “Perry, Dewhurst Back Drug Tests for Welfare Applicants”

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