W.Va. Gov To Order Workforce Trainee Drug Testing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is ordering drug tests for people who seek job training on the taxpayer's dime.

The executive order signed Tuesday will bar applicants from state workforce-training programs for 90 days if they test
positive.

Drug testing has become a recurring topic in numerous states. But West Virginia may be the first to mandate it for job training.

Tomblin highlighted the order at a meeting of the Regional Economic Development Partnership in Wheeling.

It follows up on a pledge the Democrat made during this year's State of the State address. The governor said employers have complained that jobs remain unfilled because applicants can't pass drug tests.

Tomblin successfully proposed legislation during the recent regular session that will require random screenings for safety-sensitive jobs at coal mines.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Awesome!!!! on Apr 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM
    I believe this is an awesome idea. There are people out there that do not use drugs that can not find jobs because the drug addicts are over taking them to support their habits.. Give the people who do right and are trying to support their children the right way the first opportunities they deserve it....
  • by Kevin on Apr 26, 2012 at 12:15 AM
    Before everyone gets all excited, Florida tried to do the same thing with their welfare system and ended up spending 10x more than they saved in benefits. 98% passed their drug test, but about $70k per month per county was spent on testing. Laws like this are pushed by the pharmaceutical companies who profit on the drug testing, not concerned lawmakers.
  • by wow Location: pburg on Apr 25, 2012 at 06:56 PM
    Now their going to try to prevent them from working? Let's drug test those on public help like food stamps and AFDC and Medical Cards. People are getting clever they go to the doc and have them prescribe the medications their on so they can't be detected in a drug test. All covered. State is going to have to get more clever than that. Come on world get a grip and get ahead of the game.
  • by mountaineer Location: Pburg on Apr 25, 2012 at 07:18 AM
    Way to go wv!
  • by Finally!! on Apr 25, 2012 at 12:28 AM
    It's about time!!! This is just a start. They need to go even farther and extend it to people receiving assistance from DHHR such as food stamps, medical cards, etc.
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      by ray on Apr 25, 2012 at 07:41 AM in reply to Finally!!
      i agree they need to test them once a month and if they don't pass they don't get anything there are to many people getting food stamps and med card that are able to work and they don't cause there to strung out on drugs or selling them i have seen some driving better cars than mine and having new smart phones if they can afford all that they don't need help
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        by wow on Apr 25, 2012 at 06:59 PM in reply to ray
        some get over 700/mo in food stamps, just for sitting around. They get over 700 mo in SSA cause they hurt their back are on pills tell the doc they hurt so the doc prescribes more than they need so if they only need one a day they sell the other two to live like kings and queens. It is sick. The state cannot be that stupid can they?
  • by dave Location: harrisville on Apr 24, 2012 at 08:05 PM
    Its about time .Now how about the rest that are receiving any kind of public assistance. I dont buy drugs or booze for my kids , why should pay for yours
  • by Bill Location: Parkersburg on Apr 24, 2012 at 06:46 PM
    A great first step! Now, let's have manditory drug testing before receiving unemployment or welfare. I, for one, am sick of my tax money going to support addicts and users.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2012 at 05:36 PM
    Send them over to the food stamp line when the unemployment line dies down.
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