Kansas House advances bill requiring drug tests for some social services

TOPEKA | The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill requiring random drug tests for some participants in the state’s social service programs.

The measure would apply to people who receive cash assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Families, General Assistance, Child Care Assistance programs.

The testing would start next year. People would lose their benefits if they had failed two previous tests and received treatment afterward.

The House advanced the bill on a voice vote Tuesday. It expects to take final action Wednesday, to determine whether the measure will go to the Senate.’

Supporters said the bill would make sure state dollars aren’t supporting drug habits. Opponents said it’s unfair — and mean — to subject the poor to random testing.