More than 75 percent of Virginians think welfare recipients should be required to pass a drug test to receive benefits, according to a new poll released this morning.
Overall, voters support testing for public assistance by 76–21 percent with strong support across race, gender, party, income, religious and age groups.
A measure to require the testing was carried over to 2013 by the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday to give lawmakers more time to study the potential costs. A fiscal impact analysis attached to the bill introduced in the House of Delegates estimated the cost of drug screening some recipients at $1.3 million in the first year and $1 million annually after that.
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