West Virginia governor OKs drug-testing welfare recipients
(AP) — Gov.
Earl Ray Tomblin has approved a drug-testing proposal for
some West Virginia welfare applicants.
Democratic governor signed off Wednesday on the three-year statewide
drug-testing pilot program for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program
applicants. The Republican-led Legislature passed it.
13 states have public assistance drug testing.
West Virginia seeks
federal approval to test applicants with a "reasonable suspicion" of
will decide who demonstrates "qualities indicative of substance
abuse," including drug-related convictions within three years.
will require substance abuse treatment, counseling and job skills programs.
Subsequent failures will spur temporary and permanent bans.
say it could help address the state's drug epidemic.
say it's an unconstitutional search and seizure. They point to costs and few
positive tests in other states' programs.