Trump may allow states to drug test food stamp recipients


The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - formerly known as food stamps - recipients to undergo drug testing in order to receive benefits, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. Conservatives support the idea.

Bush says a drug test requirement is an "easy sell" and perpetuates the myth of SNAP recipients being freeloaders.

"Most employers require drug tests, and you pay your taxes which funds these benefits, so why not make them take drug tests to receive benefits that people paying benefits have to go through?" another resident said.

Rather, in general terms, it requires federal agencies to enforce current work requirements, to propose newer and stronger requirements, to find savings (or as Vox writer Tara Golshan puts it, "make cuts"), and to give states more flexibility to run their own welfare programs. In 2014, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law a bill that required drug testing of SNAP applicants under "reasonable suspicion of substance abuse".

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For an officer to do this or to seize your property they need probable cause; in this case, a reason to force someone to take a drug test.

McGovern added that some states that have implemented drug testing requirements for other programs, have faced challenges when it comes to covering the costs of those tests.

The plan would apply to able-bodied people who do not have dependents and are applying for certain jobs, such as operating heavy machinery, the official said. According to an April 3 Snopes report, 49 food stamp recipients - out of an estimated 87,000 people on the program - were "flagged" for drug testing. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 20 states have introduced legislation to screen safety net program recipients in some way.

At least 15 states have passed, or attempted to pass, similar laws, with mixed results. Bolen said. "And does drug testing fall into what's allowable under a state training and employment program, which typically lists things like job search or education or on-the-job experience?" SNAP provides food assistance to roughly 42 million Americans.