Bill that drug tests welfare recipients stalls
BATON ROUGE - Legislation requiring that some welfare recipients submit to random drug tests stalled in a Senate committee after members left the meeting before a vote could be taken.
The House-passed bill by Rep. Sherman Mack, R-Livingston, would require that 20 percent of adults receiving aid from the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program submit to random drug tests. Recipients who test positive would be required to seek drug treatment if they want to continue receiving cash assistance.
Committee members left before a vote could be taken Tuesday. The committee will resume work Wednesday.
Mack said his primary goal is to encourage people suffering from addiction to seek help. Similar bills have been repeatedly rejected in recent years.