Michigan Senate Passes Bill Requiring Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients

Michigan’s State Senate has approved a bill that would require drug testing for welfare recipients. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Joe Hune (R-Hamburg Township), would mandate that the Department of Human Services conduct drug screens for those seeking eligibility for the Family Independence Program, which, according to Benefits.gov, “provides temporary cash assistance to families with children and pregnant women to help them pay for living expenses such as rent, heat, utilities, clothing, food and personal care items.”

Michigan would not be the first state to enact such provisions for applicants seeking welfare. Utah launched a similar program last year, which, according to The Salt Lake Tribune, saved the state $369,000 in unpaid benefits after spending $30,000 on surveys and drug tests over the course of a year.

Supporters of the Michigan bill claim that the welfare money is being used improperly to support drug and alcohol addiction rather than the way the state intends it to be spent.

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