Potential Bill Would Add Drug Testing for Welfare Benefits
OLYMPIA, Wash. - A measure modeled after a new law in Utah would add a drug testing requirement to those seeking family welfare benefits in the state. The bill would allow families to continue receiving benefits while seeking treatment as long as they stay drug-free.
The bill will have its first public hearing Thursday before a Senate committee. It would require applicants whom case workers have decided have a drug problem to get a drug test and participate in a treatment program in order to get the benefits.
Washington is one of nearly two dozen states that have introduced bills this year to require some type of drug testing for public assistance recipients. The National Conference of State Legislatures says a total of seven states currently have such laws already.