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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  • camsaure

    On what grounds? Sounds like the RINO Stenchjem is at it again.

    • slackwarerobert

      Probably on equal protection, “some get testing”. Should be ALL get tested, and to make it fair you pay them back twice the cost when they pass. You will save money because the ones that fail, and the ones that know they will fail will drop out and you will save the money every month from them. But test the hair unless they are bald, that gives you a longer history of being clean. I beat the urine test after 2 days.

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    So if druggies couldn’t get welfare that means all the slackers in the state government that get paid to hand the welfare out would be unemployed.

    Obviously that doesn’t pass constitutional muster. The people without abilities have a right to their jobs.

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    If “equal protection” exists, who do some people pay no taxes while others are forced to pay all of them?