Conference of Catholic Bishops Opposes Drug Testing Of Welfare Recipients
Rob Tasman, Associate Director of the Conference of Catholic Bishops based in Baton Rouge, a very vocal opponent of proposed legislation to have welfare recipients randomly drug tested appeared on 'Mornings With Ken & Bernie' today.
Tasman said, "It's certainly a controversial issue. I think a lot of people wondered why the Church had a say in the matter. We really looked at the issue very closely and realized that for three primary reasons: economic, legal and moral it would not make good public policy."
According to Tasman a bill of this nature seems to single out one sector of the population and it this case that would be the economically disadvantaged therefore the Conference of Catholic Bishops had to oppose the legislation.
Tasman said that the present system does provide "drug screening" in the form of a questionnaire and that should be more than adequate to satisfy the state.
Listen to the interview: