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SD Panel Kills Bill To Drug Test People On Welfare

February 5, 2014, 12:57 PM

SD Panel Kills Bill To Drug Test People On Welfare
PIERRE, SD -

A South Dakota Senate committee has killed a bill that would have established drug testing of welfare recipients.

The Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday voted 5-2 to defeat the measure.

Supporters of the bill say it would have discouraged illegal drug use and promoted stable families. Opponents argue that the bill would discriminate against low-income people and could draw challenges in court. Opponents also say the language of the bill was too vague and did not include financial details for a program that would likely cost money.

Other states have passed laws to allow drug screening or testing of those on public benefits. Similar bills have been killed by South Dakota lawmakers in recent years.

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