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Texas Legislature to consider drug test bill


Two big names in Texas politics want lawmakers to pass a bill tying drug-testing to welfare and unemployment benefits.

Governor Rick Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst are calling on all Texas politicians to enact Senate Bill 11.

It requires mandatory drug tests for those who receive welfare and unemployment benefits. If the applicant fails that drug test they have to wait a year to apply again, unless they go through rehab.

The bill also suggests banning using public funds to buy alcohol, tobacco, and lottery tickets.

Some Central Texans say they weren't sure if they could support it. Local residents like Kaylanne Larrabee seem to have a soft spot for those in need. She said there are still those out there who are trying to get back on their feet from addiction. 

"I don't know what to think about it because initially you think yes we want to help people that want to get back on their feet," Larrabee said. "At the end of the day too, they need help."

The proposal has drawn a lot of heat from civil liberty groups too.

The American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Terri Burke said quote: "this proposal is costly, ineffective, inhumane and a punitive effort by the state government based on a stereotype about our states neediest Texans."

This proposal will be considered during the state's 2013 legislative session, beginning January 8th.

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