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NC Senate approves legislation requiring drug testing for welfare

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The state Senate sends the bill requiring welfare applicants to be drug-tested to the Governor.

Final approval was given Thursday.

The House already approved the measure.

If program directors suspect a recipient is using drugs, a test would be ordered.

Those taking the drug test would be required to pay for it.  If the results come back negative, they may be reimbursed.

Another part of the measure may require food stamp applicants to be fingerprinted for criminal background checks.

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The state Senate toned down legislation requiring drug testing for some welfare recipients.

9 On Your Side first reported this story back in April.

Now the bill goes back to the House for more debate.

If this version becomes law, people seeking help from the state's "Work First" welfare program will not have to take a drug test, unless they're a suspected drug user.

They will however, have to prove they've not violated parole and aren't facing any felony charges.

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