Fla. Welfare Drug Testing May Get State Funding

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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
Democrats against.

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.


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