Representative wants drug testing for welfare recipients

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 6:09pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 9:27am

For the third year in a row, state representative John Labruzzo has proposed a requirement for 20 percent of welfare recipients to be drug tested.

If participants test positive, they would be offered free treatment to keep their benefits.

Labruzzo says the cost would be under $100,000.

Opponents say people who receive welfare already have to pass a drug test, but Labruzzo disagrees with that statement.

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