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My Take - Welfare

After failing last year, Alabama Senator Trip Pittman's legislation to strip welfare payments from individuals that test positive for drug use is getting a second chance in 2014.   All welfare recipients that have a misdemeanor drug use conviction in the last five years must take and pass a drug test in order to receive welfare benefits. If they fail the first test, they get a warning and will be tested again later. If they fail the 2nd time, they lose benefits for one year and a failure the 3rd time around will result in permanent welfare benefit ineligibility. The good thing about this bill is that it  should  discourage drug use from those who need federal assistance. If you break the law, you shouldn't be allowed to participate in a program that is paid by tax dollars.  This legislation could go a long way in cleaning up illegal drug abuse in Alabama from welfare recipients.

I'm Vanessa Oubre, that's "My Take" what's yours?

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