Drug test state-aid recipients, argues group
Senate Sponsor, Benjamin Aguilar, and House Sponsor, Justin Scafidi, from Lake Park High School, have presented the bill H-G-12, which states unemployed persons would be required to take part in a mandatory drug test to qualify for state aid.
Welfare, the financial support for people in need, can, according to the bill group, often exploit the use of taxpayer’s money. The bill is there to ensure that tax payer’s money is used mainly for the purpose behind welfare itself.
“I do think drug testing is somewhat necessary because you don’t want certain people taking advantage of the welfare system, which they could easily do,” said lobbyist Ian Hetman of Wheaton Warrenville South High School.
For indication of illegal substances in the body, the applicant for unemployment benefits will need to pass the state mandated drug test. If passed, this will allow the applicant to be eligible for state aid.
The purpose of giving people drug tests is to, “decrease the amount of misuse of the states money and decrease the use of illegal drugs,” stated the bill’s lobbyist, Benjamin Zimmerman of Lake Park High School.
In the bill, it is stated that a hair follicle drug test would be the most efficient and effective way possible to test for drugs in the applicant’s system.
“We believe that hair follicle testing will be able to test a wider variety of drugs,” said Aguilar.
Although acquiring the drug tests will be somewhat costly, the bill group’s solution is to raise the tax on alcohol and lottery tickets to .03 per dollar.
(written by Myisha Little, Caroline Casillas, and Emily Arenz, Oswego)