Missouri Republicans want to drug test welfare recipients

Some Missouri lawmakers want to force welfare recipients to take drug tests in order to receive government aid.

They’re mostly the ones with R’s after their names. Folks like state Sen. Jason Crowell  (R-Cape Girardeau) and state Rep. Casey Guernsey (R-Bethany). State Rep. Ellen Brandom (R-Sikeston) is sponsoring H.B. 1377.

Kudos to state Rep. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) for tacking an amendment on the bill subjecting lawmakers to drug tests.

Silvey wasn’t the only one making the point. State Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) introduced a bill (H.B. 1754)

to drug-test elected officials every two years before they take office.

Pass one test and you’re good to go for the next 24 months. Woo hoo!

How about drug-testing everyone receiving public assistance?

State Rep. Mike Talboy (D-Kansas City) says whenever someone suggests drug-testing everyone who receives public assistance, “they balk and say it’s unconscionable and over-broad and targeting people.”

“It’s obviously going after a certain segment of the population,” Talboy says. “They just want to go after poor people.”

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