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  • New lawmaker proposes welfare drug testing mandate

    February 29, 2012 10:19 AM

    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... more »
  • Proposed Bill Restricts Use of Welfare Money

    February 13, 2012 11:31 PM

    Louisiana lawmakers are taking a closer look at how people can spend their welfare dollars. Representative Cameron Henry is proposing House Bill 95, which would restrict how people can use their Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program benefits. The bill would prohibit using the FITAP card in liquor stores, gaming establishments... more »
  • Louisiana House votes to mandate drug tests for welfare

    May 18, 2011 5:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House voted Tuesday to approve a Metairie lawmaker's bill to require drug testing of welfare recipients who get cash benefits, but not before prompting a heated debate about its constitutionality. Some lawmakers said it would also have the effect of discriminating against poor... more »
  • Senate Committee Backs Welfare Drug Testing

    June 2, 2010 9:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill requiring drug testing of welfare recipients is nearing final legislative passage after narrowly winning approval in a Senate committee Wednesday. Members of a Senate judiciary committee voted 4-3 to advance Rep. John LaBruzzo's bill to the full Senate for debate, after a political... more »
  • Welfare Recipients: House Backs Drug Testing

    April 29, 2010 1:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House supports mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients. The House voted 61-27 Wednesday for the bill by Rep. John LaBruzzo, a Metairie Republican who has tried repeatedly to get the measure passed in the Legislature. The bill heads next to the Senate for... more »
  • Animal Welfare Advocate Wants Gas Station Tiger Removed

    April 21, 2010 12:09 PM

    GROSSE TETE, La. (AP) - A Florida animal welfare advocate fired off a scathing e-mail complaining to Iberville Parish authorities about what she called inhumane conditions a tiger is forced to endure while on public display at an Interstate 10 truck stop. Her criticism brought a volley of denials Tuesday... more »
  • Stigma With Welfare; Family Speaks Out Amid Calls for Drug Testing

    April 8, 2010 12:02 AM

    Lawmakers in Baton Rouge are considering a bill that could require some on welfare to take a drug test before collecting benefits. Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, is behind House Bill 611 , which would mandate that people who receive benefits from the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program, known as FITAP,... more »
  • Drug Testing Of Welfare Recipients Is Headed To Review

    April 7, 2010 1:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An attempt to require drug testing of welfare recipients is headed to review by the same House committee that rejected the idea last year. The House Health and Welfare Committee refused Wednesday to vote on the bill and instead suggested it should be sent to... more »

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