Welfare Drug Testing Bill Passes House
The full House has passed a bill that would require a percentage of state welfare cash recipients to submit to drug testing. Among lawmakers opposing the idea, Amite Rep. John Bel Edwards who says the bill unfairly targets the poor, and the state gives much more cash away to others with no strings attached. Lafayette Democrat Rickey Hardy co-sponsored the bill as a way to identify drug addicts that are getting state cash, which they may be using to buy drugs. The bill passed by a 65-26 vote and will now move to the Senate.