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Ohio Senate Wants Welfare Tied To Clean Drug Tests

The Republican-controlled Ohio Senate is nearing approval of a pilot program that would tie welfare benefits to clean drug tests. The Senate Finance Committee set a Tuesday vote on a provision allowing three Ohio counties to volunteer to administer drug tests to prospective welfare recipients. Those who failed would get treatment and lose benefits for six months or more. Its author says the provision's wording avoids legal roadblocks encountered in other states. It's among dozens of Senate changes to a midterm budget bill to be voted on Wednesday. The think tank group Innovation Ohio says a recent constitutional amendment in Ohio against federal health care mandates prohibits mandatory government programs that collect health care data.