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Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Bill Passes House Committee

JACKSON, Miss. – Welfare (or TANF) recipients are one step closer to being drug tested. The House Public Health and Human Services Committee approved that bill Monday, so it will soon arrive on the House floor for a debate.

The proposal requires welfare recipients to fill out a survey to determine if they are likely to have a drug problem. Depending on the results, they’ll have to pee a drug test cup, paid for by the welfare program.

If recipients fail the drug test, they will not get kicked off the program immediately. Instead, they will go through drug treatment paid for by Medicaid. However, if they fail the drug test again they could get kicked off program.

Governor Bryant has already said that he supports the legislation.

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