WVa Pol's Dream Of Welfare Drug Tests Not Over

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W. Va. (AP) -- If delegate Craig Blair has any regret, it's that he didn't seek mandatory drug testing for members of the state legislature.

The Berkeley County republican addressed an interim legislative health committee Wednesday.

Blair told the committee he has plans to revive a much-publicized drug testing bill in the legislature's 2010 session.

Blair's original measure died during this year's session.

It would have mandated drug testing for recipients of food stamps, unemployment insurance and other public assistance that Blair calls welfare.

Blair says he should have included lawmakers in the bill's provision, to show elected officials can lead by example.

Democrats on the committee, though, questioned why Blair's proposal doesn't include others who get state aid, such as Promise Scholars.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by lewis Location: tyler on Jul 19, 2009 at 02:16 PM
    Yes this would be a good idea. If you do not use drugs then you do not have any worries about passing the test. I think they Should go one farther and make you prove You don't have a drinking problem too there are as many drunks that use their benefits to get drunk instead of buying food for their family. I know you have to pass a drug test and alcohol test to get a decent job and are subject to a test if you have an accident on the job . So if a working man has to be subject to this why not someone on public assistance? I know a lot of folks say that you would be punishing the rest of the family for doing this but give them the option to get help for their problems and give them another chance.
  • by dont judge Location: pburg on Jul 16, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    what is the differance in unemployment and welfare? people say you pay into the unemployment from when you were working but when you work your tax money is also going to welfare. just because you are recieving welfare doesnt mean that you have never worked before so you have payed into the welfare just as you have unemployment so why is it so bad that someone may need welfare when times like now are so bad.people who get welfare should not all be catagorized as LAZY, DRUG USERS, and WORTHLESS like alot of these comments suggest. of course there are people who live forever on welfare that has never worked and do use drugs BUT anyone could loose their job at anytime and should not be judged for asking for help, and shouldnt feel ashamed for keeping their family from starving.you are not any better than they are. the drug testing in my opinion is against your rights.
  • by Frank Location: W'town on Jul 16, 2009 at 09:37 AM
    I vote yes. Maybe then these yay-hoos will stop spending their checks on dope and use the money to take care of their children. Drug testing recipients of state or federal aid is loooong overdue!!!
  • by momof3 on Jul 16, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    This is a great idea to get the worthless drug users off of our tax money! There are to many people on welfare that do drugs instead of getting a job and keeping it. If they test positive they should also make them pay for the test we don't. We need welfare reform! However unemployment is NOT welfare. If someone's on it then they worked at one point and paid for it themselves.
  • by Bonnie Arnold Location: Parkersburg on Jul 16, 2009 at 07:34 AM
    I agree some what about the drug testing, I have no problem taking the test but this should include everybody, including DHHR workers, especially CPS workers. I know for a fact that when a child is taken into custody and the parents are given supervised visitation, the ones that transport and supervises the visits are on drugs. I have seen them use and a lot of others have seen them use, so how are they any better for these children than the parents.
  • by wee on Jul 15, 2009 at 07:07 PM
    This is a great idea. I hope it passes and I bet the rest of the work force that HAS TO take drug tests does to.
  • by imagined solved on Jul 15, 2009 at 06:30 PM
    Let me give you a figure: 70-90% of Washington County, Oh use them. The phonebook is Sheriff Mincks' best method to find users.
  • by Michelle Location: parkersburg on Jul 15, 2009 at 06:28 PM
    Yes, there are some things wrong with the system however, from the comments I've read, no one knows the policy or guidelines that are used to determine eligibility. Obviously a little research on people's parts wouldn't make them look like idiots when they post a comment. I work for the DHHR and yes, we do have those that abuse it but we do help a great deal of people. There is a drug policy in place already but you would know that if you did your research. There are a great deal of people receiving assistance that do have jobs. they are the ones who make 9.00/hr but only get 10/hrs a week. I agree totally that the system needs to be revamped but in order for that to happen there needs to be changes in the federal government because that is where most of the policies come from. I love my job and I will continue to do it the best way I know how and help as many people as I can. For those of you that commented or will comment find out the facts before you put it in black and white.
  • by Teresa Location: St.Marys on Jul 15, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    I think this is a good idea but it should include all goverment jobs also.And the welfare system is not for the working person that loses he's or her job Because if you had a job and got more then 4000. in assets you don't qualfy for it.I had a busness and people would not work for 9.00 a hour because welfare paid them better to sit at home on their butts and do nothing. The system is for women that have children from verious fathers and no job.Or the lazy that have nothing in this life.So I say yes test them all even the goverment jobs,Judges,Cops,Mayors,Lawyers make sure to get them all.
  • by Anonymous Location: Vienna on Jul 15, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    It is all right to test those who work for a living, Why shouldnt it be right to test those who dont !
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