Some Texans applying for welfare would have to be drug tested
The Center for Public Policy Priorities was opposed to the legislation in its original form. Executive Director Scott McCown says the measure’s wording was slimmed down, then a provision was made for what will be called a “protected payee.” That person would protect the payments intended for welfare children.
“There has been a lot of ideas generated as it moved through the legislative process,” McCown says, “and now we have a bill we can feel good about and we can support.”
The inclusion of a protected payee makes sure the children don't lose benefits due to a parent's drug problem.
More than 100 thousand low-income Texans could be affected. The measure now moves to the state Senate, then the two versions would have to be merged and finalized before the Legislature would send it to the governor’s desk.