Feb 29, 2012 10:19 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new state lawmaker is reviving an annual debate over whether Louisiana should mandate drug testing for welfare recipients.
Rep. Sherman Mack, a Republican from Livingston beginning his first term in office, has proposed the measure for the legislative session that begins March 12.
Mack's bill would require 20 percent of adults who receive aid through the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program be drug-tested.
Previous attempts to mandate such testing have repeatedly failed to win approval from lawmakers.
Supporters say they want to make sure welfare checks pay for family needs, not drugs. Opponents say the proposal unfairly targets poor mothers with no proof they are more likely to be on drugs than others who receive aid through the state.