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Everett Introduces Drug Testing Legislation as a Part of Reforming Welfare in Pennsylvania

House Bill 1297, which would establish a drug testing program for public assistance recipients who have been convicted of a drug-related felony, has been introduced by Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming). It is part of an overall House Republican welfare reform effort named WelFAIR. 

“This legislation is necessary because the economic struggles we continue to experience places a monumental burden on taxpayers, who cannot be asked to pay for an ever-expanding welfare budget,” said Everett. “My legislation is designed to identify those on the welfare rolls who, by using drugs, are not engaging in a good faith effort to achieve self-sufficiency. I see no reason that the hardworking taxpayers of Pennsylvania should be paying for illegal drugs for individuals receiving state welfare benefits.” 

The bill would require the administration of a drug test to individuals who have a felony drug conviction in the previous five years, or those who are currently on probation for a felony drug conviction. Every six months, 20 percent of that group would be tested. A refusal to take the test results in a loss of benefits. The public assistance programs that apply in this care are the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), food stamps, General Assistance (GA) and state supplemental assistance. Medical Assistance is not impacted by federal eligibility requirements. 

Everett says the bill contains a specific provision that anyone having to take this test that has a positive result will not have eligibility for Medical Assistance-paid drug and alcohol treatment revoked. He also notes that several other states such as Virginia, Wisconsin, Indiana, New Jersey, Arizona and Minnesota have similar provisions in effect. 

“The revelations of waste, fraud and abuse in our welfare system necessitate the taking of decisive action to reform the social safety net, so that those who are in genuine need are able to receive help,” said Everett. “We need to have a healthy debate on this issue for the benefit of our hard-working taxpayers who play by the rules in our Commonwealth.” 

State Representative Garth Everett
84th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Raymond Smith

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