New West Virginia Bill Will Require Welfare Applicants To Be Drug Tested


150408-welfare-editorialA 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?