Proposed bill would require passing drug test to get food stamps

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FILE – In this April 23, 2012, file photo Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s purchases are scanned by a cashier at a ShopRite grocery story in Philadelphia after Nutter pledged to live on the average food stamp benefit of five dollars a day for the entire week. Food stamps look ripe for the picking, politically speaking. […]

Alabama lawmakers have proposed a bill that would require some residents to pass a drug test in order to receive food stamps. 

Under House Bill 3, an applicant for SNAP benefits would need to be tested for substance abuse under reasonable suspicion that the person uses drugs. 

At this time there is no requirement that a person applying for or receiving SNAP benefits be tested for illegal substance abuse, according to WTHR. 

Anyone who tests positive for a drug without a valid prescription for a second time would be ineligible for SNAP benefits. 

Parents of dependent children who test positive would be allowed to appoint another person to receive the benefits for the child/children. 

According to the bill, anyone who refuses to take a drug test or delays screenings will also be ineligible for SNAP benefits. 

>> Click here to read the full text of the proposed bill

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