A drug testing program for Arkansans seeking help from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, or TANF, is one step closer to becoming law. A House committee on Tuesday passed the bill to extend a two year trial run indefinitely.
Since the new restriction on benefits was adopted 300 people have self-identified as illegal drug users on benefits forms. But only two to eight people have actually taken a drug screen and tested positive out of a program that benefits about 10,000.*
Republican Representative Robin Lundstrum considers that a success.