State House Leader Talks About Welfare Drug Testing

The leader of the North Carolina House speaker is taking criticism for suggesting state government should perform random drug testing on people who receive public assistance and possibly on state employees.

House Speaker Thom Tillis said last Friday at a meeting of Madison County Republicans he would like to push the requirement if the Republicans remain in power after the 2012 elections. He also agreed with a town hall participant's statement that such testing be expanded to state employees. The recorded comments were uploaded to YouTube.

Jennifer Rudinger with the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday such requirements are unconstitutional and ineffective. The state Court of Appeals has ruled that the random drug testing of Graham County school employees is unlawful.

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