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Robert Winner

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Do you support the Texas bill to require drug screening for welfare?

It would require applicants to the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program to undergo screening by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Under this bill, applicants who appear to use drug or have been convicted for drug use will be subjected to testing. Applicants who test positive for drugs would be barred from receiving TANF funds for 12 months.

Because TANF is a direct cash assistance program, a responsibility exists to ensure that these funds are not being used to support a person’s drug habit.

Is this a approperiate means to deal with the problem or are other ways available?

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      Mar 29 2013: If you look at it from the other side it is being used to stop drug abuse and that helps the families of the abuser .... I can assure you from a law enforcement point of view .... is a real need.

      Bob.
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          Mar 29 2013: Chris, You cannot help anyone if you do not know a problem exists. This is a means of isolating a problem.

          Do you think the family is being taken care of ... the drug abuser is not concerned with others ... once he / she is identified the process can be re-addressed and safe guards put into pl;ace to help the family.

          Doing nothing is not my idea of a solution.

          Bob.

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