Kan. House Advances Bill on Drug Tests For Aid

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas House has given first-round
approval to a bill requiring random drug tests for some
participants in the state's social service programs.

The measure would apply to people who receive cash assistance
under the Temporary Assistance for Families, General Assistance,
Child Care Assistance programs.

The testing would start next year. People would lose their
benefits if they had failed two previous tests and received
treatment afterward.

The House advanced the bill on a voice vote Tuesday. It expects
to take final action Wednesday, to determine whether the measure
will go to the Senate.'

Supporters said the bill would make sure state dollars aren't
supporting drug habits. Opponents said it's unfair and mean to
subject the poor to random testing.

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