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Senate debates bill mandating drug testing for welfare

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

A bill mandating drug testing for welfare recipients in our state's work first program and its applicants is scheduled for debate today on the floor of the North Carolina Senate.

The measure would require applicants and recipients to undergo a drug screening at their own expense to receive benefits.

Successful applicants and recipients would be reimbursed for the cost.

The measure has cleared two Senate committees but has faced criticism from democratic lawmakers.

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