LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan lawmaker wants to link welfare benefits to a clean drug test.
Republican Rep. Jeff Farrington of Utica introduced a bill this week calling for drug tests to be used to determine eligibility for the state's Family Independence Program benefits.
Lawmakers in many states have proposed drug tests for recipients of welfare or other government assistance, but Florida this year was the first to enact such a law in more than a decade. It's been held up by a legal challenge.
Farrington noted Wednesday that people applying for private-sector jobs have been subject to drug tests for decades. He says people receiving welfare should face the same standard.