ND state officials argue welfare drug testing may be unconstitutional

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – State and social services officials say a proposal to require drug testing for certain recipients of public assistance in North Dakota might be unconstitutional.

Rep. Dennis Johnson is the prime sponsor of the bill that also would require the needy to pay for the testing to ensure public money isn’t funding an addiction problem. The Devils Lake Republican told the House Human Services Committee that the bill is intended to provide an incentive to keep people off drugs.