Food Stamps For Cash, Drugs
The Senate Health and Welfare Committee is scheduled to hear a bill today that would drug test random welfare recipients. Representative John LaBruzzo says his bill was already debated by the committee last week, but he has asked it to be put on hold for a week for further research after disturbing testimony was heard.
LaBruzzo says because of testimony in committee from a drug dealer who says he used to sell his food stamp card for cash in order to buy drugs, the bill could be amended to become stronger. (The bill currently only calls for random drug testing of cash welfare recipients.) LaBruzzo believes those who are being given ANY benefit from the state should be required to assure tax payers that money is not going to drugs.