Governor Says He’ll Propose Bill for Drug Testing Welfare Recipients

Updated 3 years ago

The Legislature added provisions in the budget this year that allow the state to test those who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds if they have a prior felony conviction. Governor LePage says he will propose a bill in January to require random drug testing for welfare recipients.The Portland Press Herald reports LePage said he wants to take it a step further. He said he believes people go “benefit shopping” when deciding where to live.He made his comments after a chamber breakfast in Jay.Robyn Merrill of Maine Equal Justice, which provides legal services for the poor, said random drug testing programs in other states have been found unconstitutional. (AP)