Gov. Perry proposes drug testing for welfare applicants - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Gov. Perry proposes drug testing for welfare applicants

Amarillo, TX - Texas may soon become the eighth state to mandate drug testing for welfare and unemployment recipients, which has civil libertarians crying foul.

Earlier today (Nov. 13), Governor Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced their support for a bill written by Sen. Jane Nelson that would require TANF and unemployment applicants to pass a drug test.

The proposed system would require applicants to pay for the initial drug test (typically around $30), and those who pass would be reimbursed while those who fail would be ineligible for benefits for up to a year.

The stated purpose is to ensure taxpayer dollars are used legitimately, but civil libertarians say enacting such a law would constitute a warrantless search, which would violate the Fourth Amendment (see associated link).

Critics also point to Florida, whose one year-old program actually ended up costing the state about $46,000 (see associated link).

Supporters contend such drug testing would not only save the state money in the long run, but also would help discourage illegal drug use.

A total of seven states have passed similar legislation (see associated link), and 28 more are considering it.

  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Group reaching out ahead of summer to warn parents of hot car deaths

    Group reaching out ahead of summer to warn parents of hot car deaths

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 5:07 PM EDT2017-04-26 21:07:04 GMT
    Source:KFDASource:KFDA

    The latest victim of a death by heatstroke after being left in a car, was a child in Texas. 

    The latest victim of a death by heatstroke after being left in a car, was a child in Texas. 

  • TCEQ fines in the area

    TCEQ fines in the area

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 4:55 PM EDT2017-04-26 20:55:25 GMT
    SOURCE: TCEQSOURCE: TCEQ

    The state has assessed three penalties stemming from what it called "violations of environmental laws" in the Panhandle.

    The state has assessed three penalties stemming from what it called "violations of environmental laws" in the Panhandle.

  • Nara Visa borehole meeting in Clovis

    Nara Visa borehole meeting in Clovis

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 4:14 PM EDT2017-04-26 20:14:11 GMT
    Source: KFDASource: KFDA

    Clovis residents interested in learning more about the Nara Visa borehole project are invited to a forum to be held Thursday.

    Clovis residents interested in learning more about the Nara Visa borehole project are invited to a forum to be held Thursday.

Powered by Frankly