Child advocate wary of suspicion-based drug testing

Jan 6, 2015

Gilda Jacobs, with Current State host Mark Bashore
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Governor Rick Snyder is still making his way through the stack of bills on his desk after lame duck. Among the bills that have already gotten his stamp of approval is one that authorizes suspicion-based drug tests for some welfare recipients. It requires the state to establish pilot programs for screening and testing people on public assistance in three Michigan counties.

Governor Snyder says the legislation will help drug addicts get the help that they need. Other supporters of the new law say that it’s a way to make sure that taxpayer dollars go to those who need it most.

Critics argue that the program could end up doing more harm than good by taking away a much needed support system for children and families.

Current State speaks with Gilda Jacobs, President of the Michigan League for Public Policy. She's urging the governor to veto the legislation.