Ohio proposal seeks to drug test some welfare applicants

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Posted: Aug 05, 2015 5:24 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio would screen and test welfare applicants for illegal drugs under a bill that has been introduced.

The proposal would create a two-year pilot program in three counties that have yet to be determined.

Adults applying for the state's cash assistance program would have to complete a screening. If that shows they likely abuse drugs, they'd need to take a drug test. They couldn't get the benefit if they test positive, but a third party could accept it on behalf of that person's children or dependent.

The program's recipients are mostly children.

The measure was introduced Wednesday. Sponsoring Reps. Tim Schaffer and Ron Maag (mag) say it ensures taxpayer money isn't supporting drug habits.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio opposes the measure, saying it unfairly targets the poor.