Iowa Republican Proposes Drug Testing For Child Support Recipients
1 year ago
Proposed bill was quickly withdrawn
Sen. Mark Chelgren of Iowa proposed a bill that would allow people paying child support to demand a drug test of the person getting the money. The payer would be permitted to demanding a drug test every six months, as long as they paid for it.
His reasoning behind the proposal? He says one of his constituents who is currently paying child support believes his ex is using funds to get high.
“We shouldn’t be ducking our head and running away every time there’s a difficult issue coming up,” Sen. Chelgren said during his pitch.
After he was finished, open laughter was heard in the Iowa state chamber. Embarrassed, he withdrew the amendment soon after.
This is just the latest in a growing trend of the GOP targeting people who obviously don't have much money as it is, with drug tests. So far, none of the testing has has been effective. In Indiana, just 1% of welfare recipients tested failed. In Florida, only 2% failed.
We are sure there might be a few professional athletes and entertainers who would have loved to see this law pass, sorry fellas.
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