Revised welfare drug test bill heads to Okla. gov

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Certain Oklahoma welfare recipients could be subjected to drug tests under a scaled-back bill that is heading to the governor's desk.

The House voted 86-6 on Thursday for the compromise bill that authorizes the Department of Human Services to conduct drug tests on welfare applicants if they have a reasonable suspicion the person is using drugs. The proposed law applies to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, or TANF, which serves an estimated 4,000 Oklahoma adults and 17,000 children in an average month.

The bill previously would have required all TANF recipients to take and pay for a drug test before receiving benefits. The revised bill applies only to applicants who come under suspicion after being screened for potential drug use.

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

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  • by critter Location: south centra on May 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM
    I feel this drug test for family who recieve TANIF is a good thing buy what about the ones who recieve bennifits on familys that dont live where the TANIF is giong I no people who sell there sood stamps for cash,use the money for drugs I know people who get $800.food stamps over 2/3 are for children that do not live with the parents.I feel that something needs to be done to help see that food stamps are used for food and not on beer, smokes and for everything else than two weeks after the stamps comes in, dont have food for the kids and nothing to get food with
  • by critter Location: south centra on May 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM
    I feel this drug test for family who recieve TANIF is a good thing buy what about the ones who recieve bennifits on familys that dont live where the TANIF is giong I no people who sell there sood stamps for cash,use the money for drugs I know people who get $800.food stamps over 2/3 are for children that do not live with the parents.I feel that something needs to be done to help see that food stamps are used for food and not on beer, smokes and for everything else than two weeks after the stamps comes in, dont have food for the kids and nothing to get food with
  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2012 at 09:34 AM
    I'm going to continue to believe that those who need assistance will welcome the test provided the assistance keeps coming. Same for those working that are required to be tested. Those wishing to capitalize on the system will continue to scream like a pig under a gate! I also doubt there will be any need for additional employees or labs to do these test. Those on the dole sacrafice some of their civil rights. Get off the dole! Those wishing to work should stay off the drugs. It ain't rocket science!
  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on May 11, 2012 at 09:43 AM
    More government.. more government workers... more taxes to pay for a waste of time.. lovely.
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      by Anonymous on May 11, 2012 at 11:10 AM in reply to Fozzy
      Hey Fussy, no drug use - no worries!
  • by Jason Location: Ok/TX on May 11, 2012 at 08:42 AM
    How nice, if you work for a living you don't have an option of getting tested or not.
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      by Mickey on May 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM in reply to Jason
      You certainly do have an option. You can go to work for a different employer. The majority of employers don't test. I have no dispute with this law. However, I am very interested in hearing exactly how many folks will be denied benefits during the next year. I predict it will be a few dozen or so. Hmmmm impressive.
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        by Anonymous on May 11, 2012 at 11:10 AM in reply to Mickey
        Right Mickey....and under Obama there are SO many "different employers" out there just waiting to hire someone.......geeezzzz!!! Get a grip, dude!
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          by Mickey on May 11, 2012 at 05:29 PM in reply to
          Get a grip? Really? You are among the worst who talk about all the lazy do nothing among us who should just go out and get a job. Yet when it is pointed out that there are no jobs, you just stammer and start to complain about something totally unrelated like the Presidents place of birth or abortion. So excuse me if I suggest someone who is employed and doesn't like the circumstances of their employment should consider seeking a job eleswhere. Conversely, I wouldn't expect you do do anything more than insist that anyone not having a job and seeks assistance, is lazy and suffering from what you refer to as an entitlement mentality and in need of drug testing. Maybe you have been out to lunch or something, but Obama didn't create the recession. Currently, private sector job growth has been increasing, public payrolls have been slashed (as if putting more out of work somehow helps the economy during a recession), and the stock market has hit record highs. And now you have a drug testing law! You should be ecstatic.
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          by Logic on May 13, 2012 at 09:33 AM in reply to
          So you would agree then that a lot of people, more so than in a long time, are legitimately unemployed, searching for work, and subsisting at the moment on government assistance until the economy improves more? AND that it is NOT their fault and they REALLY don't like being called lazy or accused of living their whole lives on welfare? YES there are those that abuse it. There ARE lazy, unmotivated people among us. That's why you set caps on benefits, which states can do themselves. Texas does. For those simply passing through the program during hard times great...caps won't hurt them because they'll move off the program as the economy improves. All the single people, with no kids, will simply be cut off after a certain point. The only "lifetime" welfare recipients are women having child after child refusing to work. Apparently, they don't have to report a husband, claim single, and yet add a new child every year, prolonging their duration on assistance?! I see some room for caps right there! The Government cannot be the de facto "father" of the child! It is occurring and I believe we can all see that. Take comfort, if you can, that your life is NOT hinged on the political decisions of others...to fund or not to fund!
  • by James Location: Tville on May 11, 2012 at 07:29 AM
    Leaving it up to the social worker means some will never suggest a drug test because they don't believe in it or they fear their life from retaliation, their family members will not be tested nor the family members of other social worker that they work with or know. It will now be used in some cases to target someone for personal reasons and not for its original intent. Do you think a social worker who has a family to lose will suggest a drug test to someone who has a history of violence and might take it personal and retaliate? The bill might as well be scrapped because this revision successfully killed it. It puts too much burden on the shoulders of the social worker and off the state. I would like to read the original bill to see if exemption or non exemptions was the reason for the revision. To see if race played a part in it.
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      by Anonymous on May 11, 2012 at 11:09 AM in reply to James
      OK James - let's eliminate the intimidation and your preceived 'race' aspect of it. LET'S TEST THEM ALL! PROBLEM SOLVED!!!
  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2012 at 05:49 AM
    I agree with this bill 110%, but I can't wait for the liberals to start squealing about profiling and the rights of these government zombies. I have to be drug tested to earn the money that is GIVEN to these people, so why shouldn't they have to be drug tested to get MY money??? Nothing else to discuss!!!
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      by Jason on May 11, 2012 at 08:43 AM in reply to
      Agree!!
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      by Aletha on May 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM in reply to
      I totally agree. It should be EVERYONE be tested in order to get any government benefits, point blank....
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