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Bryant Wants To Drug Test Welfare Recipients

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Governor Bryant wants welfare recipients in Mississippi to prove they're not abusing drugs or lose their benefits.  

A proposal could be introduced in the next legislative session, which begins next week.   

The federal welfare program is known as TANF or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

In Mississippi benefits of at least $110.00 are paid to recipients through the state department of human services.

TANF recipients also must work in order to continue getting assistance.  

According to a spokesman for Bryant, only new enrollees in the program

could be required to get a drug test. That would happen if they first failed a written questionnaire indicting possible drug use.     

Opponents believe the governor's plan would unfairly target those who are low income.

A federal judge recently ruled that a law already on the books in Florida similar to Bryant’s proposal is unconstitutional.

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