NC Senate approves drug testing for welfare - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken News, Weather, Sports

NC Senate approves drug testing for welfare

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The state Senate is toning down legislation to require drug testing and criminal background checks on all applicants for North Carolina's worker-training and welfare program.
    
The revised version passed the Senate on Wednesday and now goes back to the state House for possible negotiations on a final version. The legislation requires people seeking help from the state's Work First welfare program to ensure they're not parole violators, facing felony charges, or a suspected drug user.
    
Senators adopted changes on Wednesday that drop a requirement to tell people looking for help they can avoid drug testing if they forget about applying. The changes also beef up language on when there's reasonable suspicion of drug abuse that would justify testing.
    
Lawmakers in nearly 30 states have introduced such bills.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Wilson community holds vigil for slain 7-year-old boy

    Wilson community holds vigil for slain 7-year-old boy

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:58 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:58:46 GMT
    Hundreds stood outside the Wilson County Courthouse on Sunday night to help a family grieve four days after 7-year-old Kamari Jones was shot and killed in his own home.
    Hundreds stood outside the Wilson County Courthouse on Sunday night to help a family grieve four days after 7-year-old Kamari Jones was shot and killed in his own home.
  • 2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:00:14 GMT
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
  • Stolen dinosaur replica returned to Raleigh museum

    Stolen dinosaur replica returned to Raleigh museum

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:13 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:13:16 GMT
    A model of a baby dinosaur that was stolen from the Museum of Natural Sciences has been returned to the museum, officials said at a news conference Monday.
    A model of a baby dinosaur that was stolen from the Museum of Natural Sciences has been returned to the museum, officials said at a news conference Monday.
Powered by WorldNow

1336 Augusta West Parkway
Augusta, GA 30909

Telephone: 706.722.6664
Email: talkback6@wjbf.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.