Okla. House approves welfare drug testing

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has approved a bill to require drug testing for certain welfare recipients, but not before it was amended to include testing for those seeking elected office.

The full House voted 82-6 on Monday for the amended bill. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Guy Liebmann says those receiving Temporary Benefits for Needy Families would pay for the test and then be reimbursed if they test negative. Under the bill, children whose parents fail a test would be able to receive benefits through another family member.

Democratic Rep. Mike Shelton of Oklahoma City successfully amended the bill to require candidates for state and local offices to be tested for illegal drugs before filing for office.



House Bill 2388: http://bit.ly/A1cygp

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  • by Logic on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:07 AM
    @illogical Oh I do think of it as evolution. Except, as resources diminish, it becomes more "Survival of the Richest". And despite the compassionate side of me that knew some drug addicts, and the fact marijuana can be grown from seed for FREE and not cost a Tax Payer anything if legalized, I agree that people who are selling government assistance for the use of illegal drugs should itself be considered an illegal act...with penalties. The least suspension of benefits for an extended period of time, maybe some debt to pay back, and self-provided drug testing to reapply for assistance after suspension period. Should someone lose a lifetime of assistance for some pot? No. And anyone that thinks so is a harder human being than me, but, definitely the "fittest" if pure Darwinian Survival is the law you live by ..
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      by John Q on Mar 28, 2012 at 03:41 PM in reply to Logic
      What makes you think legalizing marijuana would not cost the taxpayer a cent? Alcohol and cigarettes are legal and both cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions. Marijuana is just as addictive and I would assume driving high is just as bad as driving drunk. Prohibition isn't the answer, we tried that and failed with alcohol. Education isn't working either to my point of view. I vote legalize the marijuana and tax it just the same a cigarettes and booze. Make the morons who use it pay through the nose.
  • by Biffco Location: Dallas on Mar 14, 2012 at 07:49 AM
    So much bitterness on this board. Total unwillingness to cut anybody a break, anytime. Watch out, that vitriol will give you cancer!
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      by Boffco on Mar 15, 2012 at 07:37 AM in reply to Biffco
      Funny how we get like that when it comes to our family's hard earned dollars going to support drug addicts on welfare...
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        by Fozzy on Mar 21, 2012 at 04:41 AM in reply to Boffco
        But somehow these hard earned dollars being used for all the bureaucrats to run this program and pay for these tests is just great? What a joke
  • by Kenyata Location: Tulsa on Mar 13, 2012 at 01:01 PM
    Bout time, Im GLAD they are going to drug test ppl. You cant sit up and live off the government forever WHILE breaking the law. Popping out three and four kids just to get a three bedroom nice house and all for all but $100 a month!!! I work, and pay taxes you druggies need to start WORKING TOO!
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      by RC on Mar 27, 2012 at 07:32 PM in reply to Kenyata
      I AGREE TOTALLY < and as a nurse I see the people on THE SYSTEM are the ones who ask for and demand lortab , xanax and Soma ? Hummmm comes with the terriotory but The dea are tracking them now ! I think the folks claiming to be disabled should too be tested !
  • by Logic on Mar 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM
    The Social Darwinian Experiment continues..Oklahoma is proving grounds for radical conservative ideas because the population is typically under-educated. Not stupid, just very ill-informed. Church controlled. If the bible belt has a buckle, Oklahoma is it. But I do think I'm gonna look cool in a holster with my .357!!! Can't wait for open-carry to become law. Yeeehaaaw!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 at 10:12 AM in reply to Logic
      You are one hilariously self unaware individual, Logic. I look for your tag just for giggles. But if there ever is a social Darwinism state, you should probably find another place to be. You don't strike me as being one that would excel in such a place.
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        by Logic on Mar 14, 2012 at 10:43 AM in reply to
        You don't agree that the "selection" of society is underway? Some go to the left line...some go to the right. The weak, addicted, poor, ignorant, unfortunate, unemployed, all getting weeded out. All because of an image of some crack addict twiddling his evil mustache trying to steal you tax money! Not just in this piece of legislation. I can see why they allow guns in Churches now and want open-carry...gonna be hordes of impoverished addicts desperate for whatever they can steal!
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          by Illogical on Mar 15, 2012 at 07:39 AM in reply to Logic
          Think of it as evolution is action.
  • by george Location: durant on Mar 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM
    The House members have a friend that owns a business that does Drug testing. It's a win win for the business and the House members sucking up to the dum A@@ in the state. Millions of dollers lost. Thanks!
  • by Zyklon B Location: The Voice on Mar 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM
    This kind of treatement is a slap in the face to law abiding Christians. It is as though they are being accused of using drugs just because they are on welfare. ABSOLUTELY WRONG! Yeah, you read right--I said Christians and left out other groups.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 at 07:41 PM in reply to Zyklon B
      It's called accountability and if a recipiant is drug free then they will receive the help. Very simple concept. It wouldn't suprise me if the positive test numbers are low because testing is a great deturant and that is the goal. The real slap in the face is to all the law abiding tax paying citizens that have to foot the bill for a junkie. Welfare is assistance for the American citizens in need of help, not a privlage or a right. Now if we can just confirm their citizenship would be another step in the right direction. It has nothing to do with religion.
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      by F Haber on Mar 15, 2012 at 07:42 AM in reply to Zyklon B
      Agree. Continuing to enforce laws that require Christians to support drug addicts on welfare with their tax monies is a slap in their face.
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        by The Judge on Mar 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM in reply to F Haber
        In south Oklahoma most if not all the welfare druggies ARE christians, so what are you complaining about?
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          by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2012 at 04:59 AM in reply to The Judge
          Christian is a lifestyle not a title. Ignorance prevails.
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          by wtf on Mar 27, 2012 at 07:33 PM in reply to The Judge
          NOT many christians I ever seen on welfare sister !
  • by jake Location: Oklahoma on Mar 13, 2012 at 09:28 AM
    So what oklahoma! I'm just going to move a little ways south or east and be out of your state forever! Benefits are more in Texas anyway. So long suckers!!!
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      by lo on Mar 27, 2012 at 07:33 PM in reply to jake
  • by bubba on Mar 13, 2012 at 07:28 AM
    All tested! I get randomely test quite frequently in my profession. I think its only fair if I get tested to get up and work 14 hr days to make the money to give them they should be tested to receive money for nothing..
  • by Gordon Location: Ardmore on Mar 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM
    Awesome!! Glad to see this! I have to pass a drug test to get my check, and im actually working for my money! I'm all for helping people really in need, but not the ones trying to mooch off the system!
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      by Worker Bee on Mar 13, 2012 at 02:22 PM in reply to Gordon
      You can thank the democrats and, specifically, your "food stamp" president for allowing this many people to draw welfare and your tax money. Handouts have doubled under Obama and will continue to do so until there is no more money because people finally decide it's not worth working or showing any ambition any longer. Then what???
  • by oklahoma Location: oklahoma on Mar 12, 2012 at 08:39 PM
    if they start with tanf than the ss will be next i amit there is alot of mis-use people selling food stamps on the half, getting food stamps and tanf for children who dont livewith them, and what about the ONES who could really need the help that wont apply because of pride or the ones that are turned down i do agree that there should be drug testing, but i feel that it your going to test one test then All
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