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Lawmaker Wants Welfare Drug Testing (Aug 05, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state lawmaker says he plans to introduce a bill next session that would require drug testing for welfare recipients.

Republican Rep. Guy Liebmann of Oklahoma City announced his plans on Friday. He says the law would be based on similar legislation approved in Florida.

He says drug testing would be mandatory and that applicants who test positive for controlled substances would be disqualified from the program for one year, unless they choose to seek treatment.

Liebmann says he wants a provision to allow parents who test positive to sign up a relative to receive benefits for dependent children.

Department of Human Services officials previously have expressed concern about the cost of drug testing and whether such a plan would jeopardize federal funds.

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