Senate set to vote on drug-testing welfare recipients

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A measure (HB 353) that would require drug tests for those applying for state benefits under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program is set for a final vote in the Senate, likely on Thursday, reports the News Service of Florida. Opponents of the measure tried to make a point on Wednesday by offering amendments on the Senate floor that would have required drug testing of recipients of economic development grants and Bright Futures scholarships, but were rebuffed. Another amendment to restrict the tests only to those who had been convicted of drug offenses also failed.

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