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Public Hearing Held to Discuss TANF Drug Testing Law

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JACKSON, Miss. - It's 22 days past the original start date for new cash assistance requirements, but Temporary Assistance for Needy Families drug testing law hasn't taken effect just yet. It was put on hold pending a public hearing. 

Many showed up to the hearing that was scheduled for today.

Under the new law people signing up for TANF will have to answer questions about substance abuse and take a drug test. Anyone testing positive would have to undergo treatment to receive assistance. Positive test results after treatment would end those benefits.

Opponents say the law would hurt entire families. Gov. Phil Bryant says it will help drug dependent people. The TANF drug testing bill was signed into law in March and was supposed to go in effect on July 1.

In this morning's discussion, many legislators, TANF recipients and childcare providers spoke out.

Some wanted to know who is footing the bill for testing and treatment plans for those who test positive for drugs.

News Channel 12 will have more information regarding this story in later newscasts today.

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