TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Senate Budget Committee's chairman
says he'll try to find state dollars to reimburse welfare applicants who pass drug tests that would be required by pending legislation.
Sen. JD Alexander, a Lake Wales Republican, made that promise
Friday before his panel approved the drug testing bill (SB 556) on
a largely partisan vote with most Republicans in favor and
The panel earlier rejected a motion by Sen. Evelyn Lynn, an Ormond Beach Republican, to require the reimbursements.
The bill requires applicants to pay for the tests. Cost estimates range from $10 to $70.
Alexander said he would try to find money during budget talks
with the House, where a similar bill (HB 353) is awaiting a floor
vote. The Senate version also now goes to the full chamber.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.