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Kansas Residents Seeking State Assistance to be Tested

Kansas Senate Vice President Jeff King is the lead sponsor of a bill that will require a Kansas Welfare Agency to test residents seeking cash assistance if there is a reasonable suspicion they are using drugs. King estimates that about 8% of welfare recipients in Kansas show indications of drug use.

Senator King will get an opportunity to test the validity of those numbers because Governor Sam Brownback yesterday signed the measure into law. The new law specifically requires applicants seeking federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Family funds to be screened. Tests would be conducted where there is a reasonable suspicion of drug use.

Those found to be using drugs would receive treatment and job skills training from the state.