A Senate Republican has filed a bill that would block people convicted on felony drug charges from being eligible for welfare benefits unless they can prove they have completed drug-treatment programs. Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-Cross Creek, filed the proposal (SB 1128) Friday. It would apply to temporary cash assistance and food assistance. The proposal comes after a major controversy during the 2011 session about requiring welfare recipients to take drug tests. Rep. Jimmie Smith, R-Inverness, has filed the proposal (HB 813) in the House.
Via The News Service of Florida.