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Wis. Assembly passes bills requiring drug test for public assistance

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Drug tests for some Wisconsin residents seeking unemployment or food stamp benefits would be required under a pair of bills passed by the state Assembly.

The Republican-sponsored proposals passed Wednesday and now go to the Senate.

The bills would require applicants for state job training programs such as Wisconsin Works and certain applicants for unemployment benefits to answer questionnaires screening for drug abuse. Based on the answers, applicants could be forced to undergo tests and enter state-sponsored treatment to retain their eligibility.

The requirement would also apply to able-bodied food stamp recipients, since they also have to enroll in job training programs.

Gov. Scott Walker has proposed similar testing requirements in his state budget.

The bills would also have to pass the Senate before going to Walker for his consideration.

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