March 18, 2012
Drug Testing Right or Wrong?
Welfare today is one of the most widely used benefit plans by the government and today more than ever more people are in need of these benefits. There are always people though that abuses these programs and takes advantage of the help out there. The drug welfare reform bill is a good one because of its economic and tax benefits, in addition to the fact that, it will prevent citizens from abusing the system. In these difficult economic times, people are trying to save money and cut expenses that’s including the government. One way the government plans to reduce cost is to achieve a measure to do drug testing on welfare recipients. Some, people may think this unconstitutional but, it is just a precaution to make sure that tax payers’ dollars will be appropriately spent.
In May of 2011 Florida became the first state to sign into law by Governor Rick Scott to drug test welfare recipients. These laws are designed to stop people that receive welfare from selling them to buy the drug. “But Democrats and advocates for the poor say the requirement could violate individuals' constitutional rights to privacy, and the American Civil Liberties Union is likely to challenge the law in court.” (Haughney) According to a first quarter’s information from the Foundation for Government Accountability drug related denials $1.8 million in the taxpayer’s money.
In Oklahoma, it is now refilling bill to have drug test their welfare recipients. Their proposal will deduct the cost of the drug test from the first initial payment. Then a drug test will be enforced every six months thereafter. The second time recipient was to fail a drug test they would forfeit benefits for 90 days. If caught drug trafficking there will be a life time ban on benefits but, there is a bill in the works to extend to people with lesser drug charges too. "If we as taxpayers are employing the recipients of welfare, the taxpayers should have a guarantee their...