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TEXAS Forced All Welfare Recipients To Get Drug Tested…Results are SHOCKING…

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Many states have adopted regulations requiring drug screening and testing in some circumstances to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from the government.

Thirteen states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina and West Virginia have passed such rules with another 17 legislatures currently considering similar requirements.

Texas has considered similar rules in the past eight years, but lawmakers in the Lone Star State are increasingly confident that they will be successful in getting them adopted in the next legislative session.

The vast majority of TANF recipients are children – roughly 54,000 of the 63,000 beneficiaries – raising concerns about parents with drug problems who use the cash assistance to purchase drugs rather than feed their children or pay rent or keep essential services, such as heat and electricity connected.

The Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, has long advocated for the requirement, said executive director, John Colyandro, adding, “If you’re going through this difficult period economically or with job prospects, why in the world are you using controlled substances?”

“You’re finding financial wherewithal to be spent on illicit drugs that ought to be used for support of your family. That alone creates an imperative to do a screening and testing.”

Those who failed the drug test would be disqualified from receiving cash assistance for six months, and subsequently required to participate in counseling.

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