Michigan’s Snyder Signs Welfare Drug-Testing Bills

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed new legislation Friday to enact a drug-testing program for adult welfare recipients.

The one-year pilot program will be implemented in three counties that have not yet been determined, the Associated Press reported Friday.

Welfare recipients or applicants suspected of drug use will be required to take a drug test. Anyone who refuses to take the test will be suspended from welfare benefits for six months.

If a person tests positive for drugs they will be referred to a treatment program and required to submit periodic drug tests. Refusal to participate in the rehab program will result in a termination of welfare benefits. But benefits can be restored after a person submits a clean drug test.

Mr. Snyder said that the program is intended to help people get clean so they can get good jobs.