Mississippi One Step Closer To Drug Testing Welfare Recipients

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(Jackson, MS) Mississippi is one step closer to drug testing those applying for welfare benefits.

The MS House of Representatives passed House Bill 49 Wednesday by a vote of 74 to 46.

All Republicans present voted “yes” and most Democrats voted “no.”

The Senate will take up the legislation which would require adults in Mississippi applying for TANF assistance to fill out a questionnaire.

The applicant could then be required to take a drug test.

If the results are positive, the applicant would have to seek outpatient treatment for two months.

The legislation is very controversial.

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