Although incentives such as losing government aid may work for some, this bill may result in a large number of families who will no longer be able to feed their children.
Orange County, CA (PRWEB) March 31, 2013
According to nbcnews.com, a new bill was moved forward that, if implemented, will require welfare applicants to submit to drug testing. MacGregor & Collins criminal defense attorneys believe the bill may produce unintended consequences.
Senator Jane Nelson authorized the bill which has already been approved by the state senate’s Health and Human Services Committee. If passed by the full senate, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) applicants will be forced to undergo a drug screening process, says NBC News.
“Drug abuse destroys families, harms children and prevents individuals from living healthy, independent lives. Because TANF is a direct cash assistance program, we have a responsibility to ensure that these funds are not being used to support a person’s drug habit,” said Senator Nelson.
According to NBC, if the bill were enacted applicants who are suspected to be using or have been convicted of previous drug use will be subjected to drug testing.
Randy Collins, CA Drug Crime Defense Attorney, has worked with several drug users and feels that the bill has the potential to be destructive. “Taking initiative to try and decrease drug use by welfare recipients is a concept that we fully support, but we do not agree with Senator Nelson’s course of action. Whether or not a mother and/or father are using drugs, if they are in a position that does not allow their children to receive aid for their basic needs there is a problem. Also, there is little clarification as to what type of drug use will result in the loss of government aid. Will Marijuana use keep families from receiving food and other necessities?
“Our attorneys have worked with countless drug users and believe that the majority are trying to quit using. Although incentives such as losing government aid may work for some, this bill may result in a large number of families who will no longer be able to feed their children,” said attorney Collins.
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