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Bill Would Force Mandatory Drug Testing For Public Assistance Recipients, Raises Concerns

18 March 2012 Published in Legislative Work

The ACLU of Utah has asked Governor Herbert to veto HB 155, "Drug Screening for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Recipients." The bill would require recipients of public assistance programs to submit to various types of drug screening and is problematic because it singles out a particular group of people, the poor, and could violate privacy by retaining DNA information.