Kansas Proposal Would Drug Test Benefit Recipients

Posted 3 years ago

By News Staff

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TOPEKA (AP) – A Kansas Senate leader is preparing legislation to require drug testing for people who receive cash assistance from the state.

Senate Vice President Jeff King said Friday his proposal would also deny unemployment benefits to people who fail drug tests they take when seeking new jobs.

King, of Independence, said he expects to have a bill drafted within two weeks.

The drug-testing requirement would apply to adults who receive cash benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

The proposal would also require prospective employers to tell the state Department of Labor when a job-seeker who’s receiving unemployment benefits fails a drug test.

King’s proposal already has been endorsed by House Speaker Ray Merrick, a conservative Stilwell Republican.

8 responses to “Kansas Proposal Would Drug Test Benefit Recipients”

  1. Jeff White says:

    two words……HELL YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. cb says:

    It could save tens of thousands of dollars a year. Been wanting that for years. No more trading food or money for dope. ‘

  3. Buddy says:

    About damned time.

  4. Nikki says:

    About time but wont work very well when there are ways to get clean…

  5. Too Much Government says:

    I’ve never used drugs and am a proponent of legalization but I do completely agree with this policy. If someone is without work, how can they seriously be looking for work if they are on drugs and how can they really be doing their best? If you want public money – stay clean! If you’re financing your own ride – I don’t really care. One more thing — If you have kids and test positive — you should lose your children.

  6. Bubba says:

    Kansas will spend thousands to try and save a few hundred dollars, watch and see.

  7. 2 cents says:

    Guilty until proven innocent, at the expense of taxpayers.

  8. GARY says:

    it’s about time. 30 years ago people on welfare had to work a certian amout of hours community service to recieve checks.lets stop the fraud!

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