North Dakota (AP-Bismark Tribune) – A proposal to require drug testing for some North Dakota welfare recipients puts an unfair burden on the needy and might be unconstitutional, state and social services officials said Monday.
Several Republican lawmakers are pushing the measure, which also would require applicants of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to pay for the drug testing themselves before getting assistance.
Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Devils Lake, told the House Human Services Committee that the bill would ensure that taxpayer money is not being used to fuel addiction problems. He said it’s a concern he hears often from his constituents.
“This bill provides a needed incentive for people to keep clean from drug use,” Johnson said.
I can’t do a welfare story without giving Chapter her due! Here’s the truth about welfare from a gal who knows the truth (this video she made is actually anti-welfare).
WARNING: explicit language