Lawmakers Propose Bill To Drug Test Welfare Recipients

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Rick Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst along with lawmakers have filed a bill requiring welfare recipients and applicants to take drug tests before they could get government assistance. Perry says this will keep Texas money out of drug dealers hands and save the state money.

Outside the local Health and Human Services office, news of the state's drug testing plan was received differently depending on who you talked to.

Delores Taylor doesn't like the idea.

"They shouldn't do it because everybody doesn't do drugs or anything like that. And for the ones that do, they should you know set them back for a little bit. Don't take them off, just set them back for three to six months," said Taylor.

At this point it's only a bill, but come this January lawmakers will consider converting this proposal into reality.