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Senate OKs Revised Drug Testing Bill for Welfare Applicants

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A measure to require drug testing as a condition for receiving welfare has passed the Senate.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville passed 24-9 Wednesday.
The legislation requires new welfare applicants to undergo a special screening process. If suspicion is raised after the screening, then the applicant would be drug tested.
The proposal differs from an original version that would have required blanket testing. The state’s attorney general opined that approach would be unconstitutional because it would violate applicants’ rights not to be drug tested unless there is suspicion they are using drugs.
The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the House Finance Committee.

Sponsor Spurns Drug Testing for Legislators

By Lucas Johnson, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A proposal to require drug testing as a condition for receiving welfare advanced in the House on Monday after the sponsor refused to accept an amendment to drug test lawmakers.
The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Julia Hurley of Lenoir City was approved on a voice vote in the House Finance Committee. The companion bill is awaiting a vote on the Senate floor.
The proposal differs from original legislation that the state’s attorney general said was constitutionally suspect.
The opinion said that approach would violate the constitutional rights of applicants who have a right not to be drug tested unless there is suspicion that they are taking illicit drugs.

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