House panel to discuss drug testing for state-aid

Feb 12, 2013 -- 11:30am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Some Alaskans who receive public assistance from the government would be required to take drug tests if a new bill becomes law. HB16, by Rep. Wes Keller, would allow for "random and suspicion-based testing" for certain adults that receive financial aid from the state. The bill calls upon the state to implement a program that tests for illegal drugs and alcohol in a manner "that impairs a recipient's ability to work or seek work." The state could deny or suspend payment if a person refuses to take a test or tests positive and doesn't comply with a treatment program. The House Committee on Health and Social Services is scheduled to hear the bill on Tuesday. A similar bill was proposed in 2010, but died after not getting enough support.

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