Law makers have enacted Pennsylvania’s first welfare drug testing program in Schuylkill County. The policy will mandate drug tests for welfare recipients with prior felony drug charges within the past five years as well as recipients currently on probation for drug-related charges.
Should everything go according to plan, the program will be adopted by the rest of Pennsylvania.
If this sounds at all familiar to you, that’s probably because it’s already been tested by our country’s true pillar of decency, the state of Florida. Though, in all fairness, Florida decided to test ALL welfare recipients for drugs.
Alas, their program was suspended in October of 2011 because a judge found that it goes against the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. And oh yeah, 98% of those tested passed tested negative for drugs.
As Philadelphia Weekly reports, the Center for Law and Social Policy projects that Pennsylvania’s program will cost tax payers anywhere from $20,000 to $77,000 for each person.
For more on this story, check out Philadelphia Weekly’s original report.