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ND House Defeats Bill Requiring Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

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

48% Of North Dakota Welfare Spending Is On Fast Food, Eating Out, ATM's And Movie Rentals

I wrote previously about disturbing numbers from the North Dakota Department of Human Services regarding the use of TANF (welfare) funds in the state. DHS hasn’t been very forthcoming with data, and in my previous post I was only able to tell you about percentages of funds spent on certain categories with no dollar amount

Movie Rentals, ATM's And Fast Food Make Up 44% Of North Dakota Welfare Expenditures

I’ve written before of my efforts to review how North Dakota TANF (welfare) recipients spend their benefits, and I’ve gotten a little bit of traction of late. I’ve been trying to get my hands on transaction data from the debit cards used by beneficiaries to spend their allotment of funds. After initially telling me that

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

ND Legislature Bills For Gun Control, Earlier Sunday Alcohol Sales, Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

There were a lot of interesting bills introduced yesterday down at the legislature. Here’s a summary of what’s been introduced: Gun Control HB1415 and 1416, both introduced by Democrat Steve Zaiser, would make make high-capacity magazines/belt feeds, etc. illegal as well as so-called “assault weapons.” From HB1416, which doesn’t apply to the military or law

Why Doesn't North Dakota Track Welfare Funds?

Occasionally we are treated to news stories like this one which detail the use of government welfare funds – programs like TANF or food stamps – being used in inappropriate ways, such as in strip clubs or for alcohol. I was interested in doing a similar story here in North Dakota. After all, these stories

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