The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

February 26, 2014

State Senate approves limited welfare drug testing

The Alabama Senate has approved drug testing for some welfare applicants.

The Senate voted 24-4 today for a bill to require drug testing for any welfare applicant with a felony or misdemeanor conviction for drug possession or distribution in the last five years.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Trip Pittman of Daphne, says the legislation would give people using drugs an incentive to stop. His bill would cut off benefits to the head of a household after three failed drug tests, but others in the household would continue to receive their benefits.

Democratic opponents of the bill succeeded in getting the bill amended so that it expires in 2017.

The bill still must pass in the House and be signed by the governor to become law.

 

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