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General News    H3'ed 8/29/11

Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients? Why Stop There?

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Message Roger Shuler

Cross Posted at Legal Schnauzer

Republican legislators in Alabama are working on bills that would require drug testing for individuals receiving welfare payments. The bills will be patterned after those that became law in Florida earlier this summer.

At least one Alabama Democrat, showing that some Southern liberals actually have a pair, vows he will tack on an amendment to any Republican bill. Alvin Holmes, a state representative from Montgomery, says his amendment would require state legislators to take drug tests. In fact, Holmes (photo, above) would require all those who receive federal funds through Alabama to take drug tests.

Reports Sebastian Kitchen, of The Montgomery Advertiser:

Holmes said he would pro pose an amendment that would require state legislators to take a drug test and require others who receive federal funds through the state, including those who receive funding for not farming all of their agricul tural land, to be tested.

"It wouldn't be fair to just pick out one group of welfare recipients because they are re ceiving federal funds and re quire them to take drug tests," Holmes said.

He has an interesting pro posal for his colleagues.

"I'm going to volunteer to take one (a drug test) to set an example for the other mem bers of the Legislature," Holmes said. "I guarantee you that I am going to pass it. If not, I will turn my resignation in to the secretary of state, which would make a lot of peo ple in the state of Alabama happy."

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I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and work in higher education. I became interested in justice-related issues after experiencing gross judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. This corruption has a strong political component. The corrupt judges are (more...)
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