Welfare drug testing bill advances to Mississippi House

The Mississippi House is expected to vote today on a welfare drug testing bill that Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is pushing, weeks after a judge struck down a similar law in Florida.

Supporters say the testing would help identify people who have substance abuse problems so they could undergo counseling and treatment. Opponents, however, say it could be expensive and they’ve seen no statistics to show welfare recipients are more likely than other groups of people to be drug abusers.

“I just think this is something that’s a political tool,” Rep. Kevin Horan, D-Grenada, said in an interview Tuesday.

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