Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 | 2:21 p.m.
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.