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.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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