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Garrett: Drug test welfare recipients
SENATORS, DELEGATES JOIN GARRETT’S CALL FOR DRUG TESTING WELFARE RECIPIENTS
“To break the cycle of poverty, attack the cycle of addiction” Garrett urges.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2011
Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney and Candidate for the Republican nomination in the 22nd State Senate District called for drug testing welfare recipients today. Currently, welfare or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients do not take drug tests as a condition of their receiving benefits in Virginia. “The key to breaking the cycle of poverty in many cases is breaking the cycle of addiction,” Garrett said in a statement on the proposal. “It’s reasonable for the taxpayers who are lending a hand to expect those receiving assistance don’t do so longer than necessary. It is also reasonable for the taxpayers to expect that benefits will not be used to subsidize an illegal drug habit.” Garrett continued.
Garrett’s proposal is modeled after one that was recently signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott. “An idea doesn’t need to be original to be good.” Garrett said. “This makes all the sense in the world. If I am elected to the Virginia Senate, you can count on me to fight for commonsense reform here in Virginia.”
State Senators Mark Obenshain and Jill Vogel, while not endorsing a candidate in the 22nd, have joined Tom Garrett in calling for this common sense reform. In the House of Delegates conservatives Rob Bell and Bill Janis also joined today in Garret’s call to hold welfare recipients accountable for drug use and to protect tax payer money. (Contact information for senators and delegates below).
The 22nd Senate district includes parts of Lynchburg and Louisa, as well as all of the counties of Goochland, Fluvanna, Buckingham, Cumberland, Prince Edward, Appomattox, Amherst, and the Town of Farmville. There is no incumbent Senator in this district, which was shifted from Roanoke area eastward due to redistricting that coincided with the 2010 Census.