Requiring welfare recipients to undergo drug testing seems like common sense to most Kansans, judging from a new SurveyUSA poll, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12. Of the 500 adults polled, 77 percent said they would support such testing. A bill in the Legislature would require a third of those on welfare to undergo random drug screens; the recipients would have to pay for their own screening up front, but the state would cover the cost if the test was negative. Proponents cite Florida’s example. But from July 1 until a federal judge issued a temporary injunction and stopped testing last fall, just 32 of 7,000 screened applicants tested positive. That meant the state had to reimburse the $25 to $45 cost for all who tested negative. As Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen observed before the judge’s ruling, “Here in Florida, (Gov.) Rick Scott’s campaign promise of mass job creation is at least coming true for professional urine samplers.”
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