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Brownback wants to drug-test hungry Kansans, too

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Kansas already has a law requiring drug-testing of those applying for or receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families welfare benefits when they are suspected of illegal drug use. This month Gov. Sam Brownback joined 10 other governors in calling on Congress to pass a law making clear that states can similarly test participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. “Since SNAP and other welfare programs typically have job training requirements as a core element,” the governors’ letter says, “we write today to express our sincere confidence that drug testing recipients of SNAP benefits is not only lawful, but will aid in our ability to move individuals off of this welfare program and back into the workforce as productive members of their communities.” The other states: Wisconsin, Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. – Rhonda Holman