Bill would require drug tests for welfare recipients

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DENVER – Should Coloradans who receive welfare and food stamps be required to take drug tests? At least one state lawmaker thinks so.

Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) is sponsoring a bill that would require applicants for Colorado’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to pay for and pass a recreational drug test before receiving aid.

"If you have enough money to be able to buy drugs, then you don't need the public assistance," Rep. Sonnenberg said. "I don't want tax dollars spent on drugs."

Those who pass would be reimbursed for the cost of the test.

22 other states are considering similar measures.

The American Civil Liberties Union has already filed a challenge in Florida – currently the only state that requires drug tests of all aid applicants.

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