Lawmakers try again for welfare drug testing - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Lawmakers try again for welfare drug testing

Posted: Updated:

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers are once again proposing legislation that would require drug testing for welfare recipients.

The measure has stalled in the Legislature, mainly because it would cost millions of dollars to implement.

But its House sponsor, Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville, told The Tennessean he hopes a review of the fiscal note will bring the cost down and get the proposal moving again (http://bit.ly/pQiphH ).

Dunn says the measure is needed because "if people are getting taxpayer money, the taxpayers have a right to know who that money is going to."

Critics believe the drug testing legislation would be tougher on an already struggling population.

Lawmakers did approve a bill that cuts off welfare recipients who have been convicted of drug-related felonies unless they enroll in a treatment program.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.