Legislative committee holds hearing on welfare drug testing

Legislative committee holds hearing on welfare drug testing


MEMORIAL DAY, BUT IT IS NOT SURE IF IT HAS THE MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF IT ALL. TRACY: IN AUGUSTA, THE LEGISLATURE’S HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE HERE’S A PROPOSAL TO EXPAND THE STATE’S DRUG TESTING PROGRAM. IT WOULD ALIGN MAINE WITH A FEDERAL LAW THAT PROHIBITS ANYONE WITH A FELONY DRUG CONVICTION TO RECEIVE FOOD STAMPS OR TANF. IT WOULD ALSO INCLUDE DRUG SCREENING OR TANF RECIPIENTS. IT RAISES CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS. IT WOULD AUTHORIZE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE TO ADMINISTER DRUG TEST PEOPLE APPLYING FOR BENEFITS BASED ON AN ASSESSMENT. IT IS AN ASSESSMENT MEANT TO HELP INDIVIDUALS GET INTO TREATMENT. PEOPLE WHO ARE LOWER INCOME AND PUBLIC ASSISTANCE BENEFITS , THERE NEEDS TO BE A LEVEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY. I DO NOT THINK IT SHOULD BE ANY DIFFERENT THAN IT IS IN THE WORKPLACE. TRACY: SUPPORTERS OF THE BILL SAY THAT TANF IS DESIGNED TO TRANSITION PEOPLE FROM

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