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May 27, 2015

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Proposed law would require drug tests to receive welfare

CARSON CITY — Drug testing would be required for those applying for welfare and other public assistance under a bill introduced Wednesday by a lawmaker who says that if people can afford drugs, they don’t need assistance.

Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, said his bill (SB-89) would help people straighten out their lives.

Those applying for public assistance would have to take a $10 saliva test for controlled substances. If they failed, they would be required to enter a state treatment program, during which time they would receive public assistance.

If they failed a drug test after 30 days, government assistance would be cut off. A person who fails the saliva test could ask for a urinalysis.

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