Mar 052013
 March 5, 2013

drug test kansas public benefits welfare

By Phillip Smith, StopTheDrugWar.Org

The Kansas Senate approved a bill requiring welfare and unemployment benefits recipients to undergo drug tests if there is “reasonable suspicion” they are using drugs. But the definition of “reasonable suspicion” includes having worked in a field where drug testing is prevalent.

Democratic legislators successfully amended the bill so that its provisions also include lawmakers.

The Republican-backed bill, Senate Bill 149, passed on a 31-8 vote, largely along party lines.

According to the bill, reasonable suspicion may be arrived at, but is not limited to, “an applicant’s or recipient’s demeanor, missed appointments and arrest or other police records, previous employment or application for employment in an occupation or industry that regularly conducts drug screening, termination from previous employment due to unlawful use of a controlled substance or controlled substance analog or prior drug screening records of the applicant or recipient indicating unlawful use.”

People who fail the drug test would lose benefits until they complete drug treatment and job training programs.

Republicans argued that the bill would help people with addictions kick their habit and prevent state tax dollars from being spent on drugs. But according to a legislative fiscal analysis, the bill would create “a net fiscal effect of increased expenditures of $1,095,468 in FY 2014” and create no net benefit to state coffers in years after that.

The bill now goes before the state House.

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  • Charles Queen

    the thing with this is the there are way to many ways to go around and or defeat the tests rather easily too without it being detected as their going to use the cheapest forms of testing there are so it’s bnot going to accomplish anything at al which I agree is unfortunate but it is true

  • david peters

    Thanks for your report about the benefits of drug testing. Blood drug tests do not detect as far back as hair drug tests. Actually urine drug tests are at times better than blood tests for detecting drugs at levels high enough to fail the drug test.
    beat hair follicle drug test :-