Ala. may copy Fla. welfare drug testing law

Florida's new law requiring welfare applicants to take drug tests may soon be copied in Alabama.

Republican legislators say they are working on similar bills for the Legislature's next regular session starting Feb. 7.

Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale introduced a Florida-style bill late in this year's session. He predicts the bill will be back with either him or another Republican as sponsor.

Rep. Kerry Rich of Albertville says he's working on a bill to require drug testing for welfare applicants and recipients if they have any felony conviction or a misdemeanor drug conviction. Rich says taxpayers shouldn't have to fund someone's drug habit.

Alabama has about 22,800 families receiving welfare.

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