A new bill that would require welfare applicants to be drug tested has just cleared the West Virginia Senate.
Last night our state senators voted 32-2 in favor of the three-year statewide drug-testing program for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program applicants. The new bill would basically allow the state to test applicants who have a “reasonable suspicion” of drug use (as determined by a case worker).
Failing a test would immediately mandate substance abuse treatment, a counseling program, and job skills training. The second fail would suspend benefits for one-year, and 3 fails would cause a permanent ban.
Children of parents who test positive would go through a third party.
Do you think this is a good idea?