Bill seeks drug testing for public assistance

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Updated: 2/06/2013 4:57 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Drug testing would be required to receive public assistance in Nevada under a bill introduced in the Nevada Senate.

SB89 is sponsored by Republican Sen. James Settelmeyer of Minden.

He says the goal is not to deny benefits to people in need but to get them into treatment programs.

The bill would require testing when someone applies for services, such as Medicaid or food stamps.

Public assistance could be denied if drug screening or treatment is refused.


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retired51 - 2/6/2013 10:21 PM
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Here is the problem I see with this. These people need public assistance, now if they have a drug problem and are told they need 30 days of treatment, who is footing the bill for that as well?

BillC - 2/6/2013 4:40 PM
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Works for me. You must pass a drug test to hold a job. You should be required to pass a monthly drug test to get and to continue getting government assistance? If you are strung out on drugs you are not in a condition to look for or accept employment. If you will not try to help yourself why should I try to help you? Added Comment - I would like to see a mandatory three months jail sentence for first offense DUI, six months for second offense DUI and one year for third offense. On forth offense I would put them in jail for five years. Might help with the DUI problem.

nubgnngs42 - 2/6/2013 4:31 PM
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Not only these individuals, but all City, County and State employees along with ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS!

roseanya - 2/6/2013 3:15 PM
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It's worth a try. So many parents stay on assistance while the kids suffer in many ways. Been there.

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