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DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -
A House Representative from North Alabama
wants to toughen up restrictions for people on state public assistance.
Republican Kerry Rich feels these people
should have to pass a drug test to receive benefits. Rich represents DeKalb and
Rich has attempted such legislation twice
before; one time it only passed the Senate, the other only the House. He hopes
both branches get together and make the third time the charm.
The bill would only apply for state
assistance, not federal subsidies. In particular, it affects cash assistance
through Temporary Aid for Needy Families, or TANIF.
Rich said if a recipient passes the drug
test, the state would reimburse the costs. If they fail, not only would the
test not be reimbursed, but benefits would be cut off for one year. Either way,
Rich said, the children will not be allowed to suffer if a parent fails their
"The children would not be denied their
benefit but there would be another person designated by DHR to handle benefits
for the children," he said.
The bill awaits committee approval in the
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