Louisville – A Kentucky Republican has introduced a state bill designed to enforce random drug tests on all adults who are recipients of welfare, food stamps, or Medicaid, claiming it will “get people off drugs” and save the state “millions” of dollars.
State Rep. Lonnie Napier (R-Lancaster) has come up with what he believes to be a money-saving measure for Kentucky, House Bill 208 that will, if passed, create a mandatory random drug test program for state residents receiving public assistance.
“Let me say that public assistance is a good thing, especially given the continued rate of unemployment in our commonwealth,” Napier said, according to MSNBC. “However given the fact that some may be abusing these programs, including using these funds to purchase drugs, it is essential that we require anyone receiving government assistance to submit to testing. Most employers require drug testing as a requirement for employment, and we need to do the same for those getting assistance through the government,” he added.
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