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Bill would require drug testing to receive public aid



Published: Wed, August 31, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

COLUMBUS

A state lawmaker says he plans to introduce a bill that would require all Ohioans on public aid pass drug testing — and foot the bill.

Sen. Tim Grendell says taxpayers shouldn’t have to finance the illegal habits of people receiving public dollars.

His proposed legislation would require people to pay for their own testing. They would be reimbursed if they pass. If they fail, they could keep their aid by attending state-approved treatment services.

An advocacy group for the poor says the state should first prove that there is a drug problem among those who receive public aid before starting testing.

More than two dozen other states have proposed similar measures. A few, including Florida and New Mexico, would also make test takers pay for the test.


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1redvert(2056 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

You will see the majority of republicans in congress voting for this measure and the majority of the democrats voting against it.

To you hard working democrats, this aid is coming out of your pockets also. Don't stand for it being abused.

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2southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

This could be the magic bullet we have been seeking to reduce the welfare rolls!

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3commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

It's time that these people are made to be accountable accountable for the money that the TAXPAYERS give them for doing NOTHING!! What happens when they fail the drug test for the second time---send them to another "treatment class". If they are made aware of the "rules" when they start getting welfare there should be NO breaks given,period, STOP giving them a free ride when the taxpayers who have jobs get drug tested.

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4redvert(2056 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

Has anyone informed "Thequail" that people applying for jobs and most people that are employed are subject to drug tests at any time? Probably not, he was napping when this policy went into effect years ago.

Remember dummy, people that are paying taxes are the ones paying for the welfare abusers. Of course you used the old "IT IS JUST THE POOR PEOPLE" that will be tested crap. Did that surprise anyone, I doubt it.

A number of states are looking at the same type of bill. Some of them will reimburse those found clean, some will allow people that fail and are willing to enter a treatment program to continue to receive payments. Lots of possibilities to iron out. Long overdue!

Go lay back down quail !!!

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5Traveler(606 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

Need to do hair testing for the harder drugs this bill is long over due

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6Traveler(606 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

Need to do hair testing for the harder drugs this bill is long over due

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7VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

In some of the drug test facilities I have "visited", I have seen a broad spectrum of individuals. Some have acted argumentative, clueless and attempted to make their own rules, while others have acted with courtesy and intelligence. Use your own imagination as to what class of people act like they do.

Hair testing is a much more expensive test and employers will not go for it. In addition, hair testing may be more detrimental to individuals with thick, slow-growing hair, such as African/Americans, thus unfair in that regard. Of course, we all know that if you don't do drugs, you will have no problem with your "window" for passing a hair test.

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8crimelander(122 comments)posted 2 years, 12 months ago

Screw the drug testing.

These non productive (often) folks can pick their check up at the office after work on Friday.

There should be no free handouts, unless their mother, father, brother, sister, or friend or neighbor is giving such to them.

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