Oklahoma City, Oklahoma —
Under that bill, any applicant failing or refusing to take a drug test would have forfeited eligibility for state-provided benefits for the next 90 days. An applicant who failed a drug test while receiving benefits would have been ineligible for further benefits for one year.
Under the bill, the decision to deny services could have been appealed and overturned if the applicant could show the testing process was faulty.
Bennett urged Oklahomans who support the bill to contact their local representative and senator to voice their support and urge their lawmakers to sign on as co-authors.
“It makes no sense to waste taxpayer funds on drug addicts at a time when schools face budget cuts and we struggle to maintain our roads and bridges,” Bennett said. “It is now undeniable that drug-testing welfare recipients would eliminate unnecessary waste and free up limited dollars for better uses.”