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Alabama bill would require passing a drug test to obtain food stamps

Posted: 12:12 PM, Mar 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-08 13:12:58-05

Alabama lawmakers have proposed a bill that would require some residents to pass a drug test in order to receive food stamps.

Television station WTHR reports that under  House Bill 3,  an applicant for SNAP benefits would need to be tested for substance abuse under reasonable suspicion that the person uses drugs.

At this time there is no requirement that a person applying for or receiving SNAP benefits be tested for illegal substance abuse, according to  WTHR. 

Any person who tests positive for a drug without a valid prescription for a second time would be ineligible for SNAP benefits, under the provisions of the bill.

One caveat is in place for their children. Parents of dependent children who test positive would be allowed to appoint another person to receive the benefits for their child or children.

The bill would also make anyone who refuses to take a drug test or delays drug screenings also would be ineligible for snap benefits.

What are your thoughts on this bill? Is it something you’d like to see in Texas?