Drug Testing Welfare Applicants Stalls in Senate

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The bill to require drug testing for some welfare applicants has stalled in the Alabama Senate.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston got the Senate to adjourn Tuesday afternoon after some Democrats began fighting a Republican-backed bill affecting Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

It would require drug testing of any welfare applicant with a drug conviction in the last five years. It would have cut off benefits after three failed tests. The bill was the first of five Republican-sponsored proposals on the Senate's work agenda that would tighten regulations for public assistance. Marsh says the bills need more work and will be back on the Senate's agenda Wednesday.

Democratic Sen. Bobby Singleton of Greensboro says the Senate adjourned because Republicans lacked the votes to cut off debate.

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