Senate rejects bill to drug test welfare seekers
BATON ROUGE - The Senate has voted to scrap a Metairie representative's proposal to require drug testing of welfare recipients who receive cash assistance.
Republican John LaBruzzo says random screening would help break the cycle of addiction among welfare recipients. But critics say it is inaccurate - and potentially racist - to assume that people on welfare use more drugs than the general population.
Sen. Jonathan Perry, an Abbeville Republican, seemed reluctant to bring the bill up on the floor Tuesday. He told lawmakers that he only made a motion to pass the bill that day because he had promised LaBruzzo earlier in the session that he would do so.
The Senate voted 20-12 on a procedural motion to debate the bill, falling short of the two-thirds vote needed.