JAY, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he will propose a bill in January to require random drug testing for welfare recipients
The Legislature added provisions in the budget this year that allow the state to test those who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds if they have a prior felony conviction. The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/swW3sv) LePage said he wants to take it a step further. He said he believes people go "benefit shopping" when deciding where to live.
He made his comments after a chamber breakfast in Jay.
Robyn Merrill of Maine Equal Justice, which provides legal services for the poor, said random drug testing programs in other states have been found unconstitutional.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com
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