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Okla. Lawmaker Seeks Welfare Drug Testing (Feb 20, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma lawmaker is pushing a bill to require drug testing for certain welfare recipients.

A House subcommittee on Monday voted 6-2 for the bill that requires drug tests for recipients of Temporary Benefits for Needy Families.

Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Guy Liebmann sponsored the bill and says the recipient would pay for the test and then be reimbursed if they test negative for drugs. The bill was amended to require testing only after an applicant has been approved for benefits.

Under the bill, children whose parents fail a drug test would be able to receive their benefits through another family member or designate.

Liebmann says the bill is based on a Florida measure that is currently being challenged in federal court as unconstitutional.


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