Kansas Senate Set To OK Drug Testing Measure

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Senators are set to take a final vote on a bill that would require many of Kansas' elected officials and applicants for certain welfare benefits to undergo drug testing.

The measure would require testing of applicants for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, as well as the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and legislators. A finding of reasonable suspicion of drug use would trigger more testing and treatment.

The Senate will vote on the bill Thursday.

Supporters say the measure is aimed at helping the poor kick their addictions, get needed job training skills and find employment. Opponents argue the measure targets the poor and women and would have adverse effects on children.

Opponents to testing the poor added testing for elected officials, saying they should face the same scrutiny.


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