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Plain Talk: Defense Attorney Says a North Dakota Drug Testing Law Is Unconstitutional

Plain Talk: Defense Attorney Says a North Dakota Drug Testing Law Is Unconstitutional

The state Legislature requires some drug defendants to be drug tested while out on bail and awaiting trial, but this requirement has become a real problem. Defense attorney Mark Friese of the Vogel Law Firm spoke about it on this episode of Plain Talk. Some defendants can’t afford the testing, Friese said, and end up

In an undated photo, a urine test sample container. (Johnny Tergo/Copyright 2019 The New York Times)

What Good Is Drug Testing if Defendants Can’t Afford It?

North Dakota state law requires that defendants in drug cases be tested on a regular basis, as a part of their bond agreements, to ensure they aren’t using. But what happens if they can’t afford it? Someone facing criminal charges probably finds themselves in a precarious employment situation, at best, and drug testing can run

Senator Judy Lee (R-Fargo) speaks against legislation to implement drug testing for welfare recipients.

Video: Senate Votes Down Second Bill Requiring Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

Earlier this session the state Senate voted down SB2279, introduced by Senator Tom Campbell, which would have implemented drug testing for welfare recipients. Today the Senate took up a version of this same bill, though this one originated in the House and passed there last month. HB1308 would require that TANF (welfare) recipients participating in

Rep. Karen Rohr (R-Mandan) discusses legislation creating a drug testing program for welfare recipients.

Video: House Passes Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients With No Debate

It surprised me that there was no floor debate over HB1308 today. Last week a pretty much identical bill failed in the state Senate on a 20-26 vote after a lengthy debate (video here). But in the state House today an amended version of HB1308 – which would refer those on employment plans in the

State Senator Tom Campbell (R-Grafton) speaks in favor of his bill to implement drug testing for some TANF recipients.

Video: Senate Defeats Bill Instituting Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

SB2279, introduced by Senator Tom Campbell (R-Grafton), came to the floor today in a form substantially changed from how it was introduced. It was “hog housed,” to use the parlance of the North Dakota legislature. Where the original iteration of the bill would have required drug testing for TANF recipients, and removed benefits from them

Legislation Would Require Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients, but With a Twist

The concept of requiring drug testing for welfare recipients is not a new one. Such policies have been proposed in North Dakota before, though not made law. These policies have been implemented in other states, and litigated at length. But the proposal before the 2017 legislative session seems more nuanced than what we’re used to.

ND House Defeats Bill Requiring Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

Rep. Dennis Johnson’s bill, HB1385, originally would have required drug testing for all recipients of public assistance. As I wrote yesterday, the bill got watered down over concerns about the legality of applying this to the SNAP (food stamps) program and privacy considerations in general. Today even that watered down version of the bill failed

Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients Gets A "Do Not Pass" Recommendation From Committee

HB1385 is a bill introduced by Rep. Dennis Johnson which would require drug screening before applicants for public assistance in North Dakota can receive benefits. A very watered-down version of the bill got a 16-4 vote do not pass recommendation from the House Appropriations Committee (it got a narrow, 7-6 “do pass” recommendation from the

Is Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients An Unconstitutional Violation Of Privacy?

During today’s hearing over HB1385 to require drug testing for welfare recipients, the state’s welfare bureaucrats claimed that requiring such testing might be an unconstitutional violation of the 4th amendment: States enacting such legislation have been “susceptible to constitutional challenges,” said Carol Cartledge, public assistance director for the state Department of Human Services. “Drug testing

Interview: ND Legislator Talks About Bill To Require Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

HB1385 was introduced in the North Dakota State legislator earlier this week by Rep. Dennis Johnson. It would require drug testing for all recipients of TANF (welfare) and SNAP (food stamps) assistance. A first offense would deny the recipient benefits for a year. A second offense would deny benefits for three years. The welfare recipient

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