Mississippi House Passes Welfare Drug Testing Bill - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Mississippi House Passes Welfare Drug Testing Bill

Posted: Updated:
The Mississippi House has passed a bill that would require drug testing for some welfare applicants.
    
The bill passed the Republican-controlled House 74-46 after four hours of debate Wednesday. It goes to the Senate for more work later this session.
    
House Democrats asked dozens of questions about the privacy and constitutionality of drug testing for people seeking Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
    
Democrats offered several amendments that ultimately failed, including one that would've required drug testing for corporate executives, college students and others who receive state financial support.
    
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant supports the drug testing proposal, saying it could lead to treatment for welfare recipients who are found to be using illegal substances.
    
Democratic Rep. Steve Holland says the bill is "narrow-minded" and driven by conservative political interests.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Tax Free Weekend

    Tax Free Weekend

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:42:11 GMT
    Tax Free HolidayTax Free Holiday
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Today marks the start of this year's annual sales tax holiday, a time where parents like Tawana Jordan can get a head start on school shopping and a tax break."I will be stopping by to check out the deals that they have for my children," Jordan said.The Mississippi Department of Revenue reports all clothing items and shoes priced under $100 are exempt from sales tax this weekend, and for local retailers that means."A lot of traffic, a lot of traffic. Last year we did it a...
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Today marks the start of this year's annual sales tax holiday, a time where parents like Tawana Jordan can get a head start on school shopping and a tax break."I will be stopping by to check out the deals that they have for my children," Jordan said.The Mississippi Department of Revenue reports all clothing items and shoes priced under $100 are exempt from sales tax this weekend, and for local retailers that means."A lot of traffic, a lot of traffic. Last year we did it a...
  • 2 women killed in Rapides Parish accident

    2 women killed in Rapides Parish accident

    State police say two women died when their car ran off the road and struck a tree.
    State police say two women died when their car ran off the road and struck a tree.
  • Prosecutors consider charges after burglar killed

    Prosecutors consider charges after burglar killed

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:44:40 GMT
    An 80-year-old man who came home to find two burglars said he shot and killed one of them despite her pleas that she was pregnant, but it's the woman's alleged accomplice who has been arrested on suspicion...
    Prosecutors deciding whether to charge a California man who says he fatally shot a violent burglar in the back in an alley as she fled his home face a difficult decision because the case falls in a gray area involving...
Powered by WorldNow

5912 Hwy. 49, Ste. A
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Telephone: 601.545.2077
Fax: 601.545.3589
Email: newsroom@whlt.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.