Should the state be able to require drug tests for some on welfare?

Lansing, Michigan (WXYZ) - Legislation that has passed in Michigan's House would require families show more than poverty in order to get welfare benefits.

House Bill 4388 would take away benefits from families with truant kids.

Critics say the bill doesn't take into account the fact that there may be a legitimate reason kids miss school.

House Bill 4118 would allow the state to make people it suspects might be using drugs to take a drug test.  If they failed the test they would have to get in treatment, then get clean in order to keep getting benefits.

Critics say that is a violation of their rights. Some believe someone shouldn't have to provide their DNA when they aren't even charged with a crime.  Some say the government is unfairly targeting the poor, and point out that corporate leaders bailed out from poverty aren't asked to take drug tests.

Supporters of both of these measures say they will help get people out of poverty.   The reasoning is that you are less likely to suffer from poverty if you prioritize education and live a sober life.

What do you think about these measures? Leave your comments below.

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