MADISON — The
Legislature's budget committee has approved requiring drug
screenings for recipients of public aid programs like food stamps
and unemployment benefits.
Gov. Scott Walker
had proposed the testing. The Assembly last week passed a pair of
bills to do that, and the Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday
approved it 11-4 with some revisions.
proposal, applicants for state job training programs such as
Wisconsin Works, people on the FoodShare program and most of those
seeking unemployment benefits would have to take a questionnaire
that may subject them to drug tests later.
Those who fail
the drug tests would get taxpayer-funded treatment.
critics say the state won't get a federal waiver for the testing,
it's unconstitutional and expensive. The exact cost of
administering the tests is not known.