Davis’ bill would mandate drug tests for welfare applicants

A bill that would require drug testing for applicants to the state’s WorkFirst welfare program is a step closer to becoming law.

On Monday night the measure passed the Senate.

Senator Jim Davis (R) of Macon County is the bill’s sponsor.

“We’re especially concerned about the children of those applicants to make sure that we do everything we can to make sure they grow up in a home that does not have drug abuse therein,” said Davis.

Applicants who test positive would be denied benefits, and would be referred to a professional for help.

The measure now heads to the State House for consideration.