Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

Senator Ball Urges NY Lawmakers to Follow Florida’s Lead

Albany, N.Y. — (06/11/11) — Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is urging fellow legislators to do the right thing and demand drug testing for welfare recipients in New York. Senator Ball has long advocated for a law that would ensure that hard-working taxpayers are not subsidizing drug addictions.

This week, Florida followed the lead of several other U.S. states, requiring anyone applying for public assistance to pass a drug test. Senator Ball, who first introduced the legislation as a member of the New York State Assembly said, “This type of law is not intended to embarrass or humiliate people in need. I understand that times are tough. However, we need to be sure that this money is being used for its intended purpose.”

Senator Ball is calling for a change in the New York’s social services law that would require applicants of public assistance to be screened for alcohol and/or substance abuse. If the person tests positive, they would be immediately denied public assistance and referred to a treatment program. Testing would be repeated every six months and apply to applicants who are under the age of 65.

“Taxes are killing this state. This is one way to not only tighten the belt and save millions of dollars, but get addicts the help they need,” said Ball.

About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →

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