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Bill To Drug Test For Welfare Gets 1st Hearing

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are considering making welfare recipients take a drug test before receiving benefits.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg is getting its first hearing in a House committee Thursday. House Bill 1046 would require applicants of the Colorado Works Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to pay for and pass a drug test before receiving assistance. People who passed the drug test would be reimbursed for the cost.

Utah is considering a similar proposal.

Applicants who fail the test would be ineligible for benefits for one year.

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  • Melissa

    To me that seems a little rediculous. People who have children and no food, money or a job, Tanf is the last resort to help their families. Now if they don’t have the money to pay their rent what makes the lawmakers think they have the money to go pay for a drug test? Really? Our lawmakers need to pull their heads out of the clouds and focus on things that will help needy families instead of making them feel like second class citizens. If you go back and look TANF was ok to add benefits for people who had medical marijuana licenses. The whole system is turned around and tangled. Now wake up Dept of Human Services and lawmakers of Colorado. I do not do drugs and have been on TANF, if a drug test is required I would not take it. There is no need but thats me. I don’t need to prove I’m not a drug addict. I have my dignity. Hey maybe this is a way for the state to save money and assign the funds some where else. For those who do have a drug problem or issue, maybe Human Services could help the adult like a drug program instead.


    If worker are required to pass a drug test, I think it only fair that those on government assisted programs do the same. Now I suggest you get your head out of your ###.

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