- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard says a measure to require some welfare applicants to pass drug tests would be a waste of money and “somewhat insulting.”

Daugaard said Friday that he hasn’t previously been enthusiastic about similar proposals.

Republican Rep. Lynne DiSanto is the measure’s main House sponsor. Her plan would require applicants under 65 to be drug tested before receiving food stamps or cash assistance.

She says taxpayers want to know they’re not subsidizing recipients’ drug habits.

The Republican governor says he doesn’t support drug use. But he criticized requiring welfare beneficiaries to pass drug tests while other people who receive government benefits would not face the same obligation.

The bill would require applicants to pay for the drug tests. A decision to deny benefits under the plan could be contested.

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