Senators reject drug testing of welfare recipients
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana won't require a random sample of welfare recipients to submit to drug tests, after a Senate committee refused to support the idea.
The proposal by Republican Rep. Sherman Mack, of Livingston, has been criticized as being the equivalent of class warfare. A Senate judiciary committee voted 3-1 Wednesday against the bill.
A revamped version of the bill would have started a pilot program, requiring 500 adults receiving aid through the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program to submit to random drug tests. Mack described the House-backed bill as a way to help people become ready to work.
Opponents say the measure would require welfare recipients to waive their constitutional right to suspicion-less searches.
Though the idea has failed repeatedly, Mack said he will try to revive the bill next year.