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Tuesday wrap: Crackdown on people seeking benefits

Posted April 9, 2013

— A Senate panel approves legislation calling for drug tests of people applying for welfare, while the House tentatively passes a bill requiring DSS offices to conduct criminal background checks on people seeking public assistance and notify law enforcement if anyone has outstanding warrants.

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One House committee passed a wide-ranging bill to upgrade school security, while another House committee passed a bill that would place Asheville's water system under a regional authority.

Wednesday is the deadline for filing new bills, so a number of 11th-hour proposals were introduced Tuesday. The bills include one calling for equal pay for women, one that would allow police to seize the vehicles of uninsured drivers and one that would toughen punishments for people who leave pets in hot or cold cars.

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  • goldenosprey Apr 12, 2013

    It's unconstitutional and it is a tremendous waste of money.

    I've never had to take a drug test to get or keep a job. Just because you allow prospective employers to confiscate your bodily fluids does not mean the state has a right to force the same on everyone applying for benefits for which they qualify by law. You must be a fair-weather small government conservative.

  • rolliby Apr 10, 2013

    This is an excellent and proper move. I have to pass a drug test to keep my joba and get a check. Welfare recipients should pass a drug test to keep looking for jobs and get a check.

    How would anyone get a job if they couldn't pass a drug test? I haven't seen ANY job offered of late that doesn't require the applicant to be drug tested To GET the JOB.

    So all of the previous comments trying to make this a socio-economical or racial bill are incorrect.

    This bill will ensure that the welfare recipients are ready to enter the job force with all requirements met, including the ability to pass the employer's required drug test.