- HB 155 – Drug Screening for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Recipients by Rep. Brad Wilson (R-Kaysville)– It's that same, tired old story. The myth of the low-income family that just sits around on the public dole. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (or TANF) is designed to help those who have fallen on temporary hard times to ensure that they are able to keep their kids fed and clothed – and because these families have had the audacity to have had a parent laid off, or someone in the family get sick, Representative Wilson wants them drug tested. He apparently thinks they're all "going fishing."
Apparently our legislators don't pay much attention to what is going on in the rest of the country. In Florida, Governor Rick Scott wanted welfare recipients to submit to drug testing. Guess what they discovered? People who receive welfare are less likely to use drugs than the general population. 96% of welfare recipients had clean tests. 2% tested positive for drugs, and for whatever reason, 2% were not tested. Sometimes it's better to learn from the mistakes of others than to repeat the mistakes ourselves.
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