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February 7, 2013
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2013 Legislature: Bill seeks drug testing for public aid

Drug testing would be required for anyone seeking public assistance in Nevada under a bill introduced Wednesday in the state Senate.SB89, sponsored by Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, would require the state to deny public assistance, including food stamps or Medicaid, to anyone who tests positive for illegal drugs unless they enroll in a treatment program.Settelmeyer said the purpose is not to deny aid to people in need but to get them help for substance abuse.“If you’re on drugs and the state continues to give you funds, we’re not helping,” he said.Public assistance could be denied if drug screening or treatment …

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