Bill to require drug testing of food stamp recipients introduced to Alabama legislature

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MONTGOMERY (WKRG) — A bill was introduced to the Alabama state legislature this week that, if passed, would require food stamp recipients to be drug tested. 

The bill, called HB 3, states that an applicant for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, would be tested for substance abuse if there is a “reasonable suspicion that the person uses or is under the influence of a drug.”

If a person has a conviction for the use or distribution of a drug without a prescription within five years of the application, you can be subjected to the test.

If a person fails to pass a drug test once, they will receive a warning and will have to test again. After a second failed test, they would be ineligible for SNAP benefits. After a third failed test, the person will be permanently ineligible for SNAP benefits. 

However, the bill states that if a parent of a child fails to pass, the parent can designate a third party to receive benefits for the dependent child. 

If a person refuses to take a drug test or delays any of the screenings will be considered ineligible.

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