Kansans who get cash-assistance or unemployment benefits – will soon have to go through drug screening.
That was one of two bills signed by Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday morning.
The testing – which starts on July 1st, would happen if the state thinks there’s a reasonable suspicion someone is using a controlled substance.
If that person came up with a positive drug test… he or she would have to complete a substance abuse treatment program and a job skills program.
Continued positive drug tests could stop the assistance from the state.
“This starts to address a significant issue and I’m particularly please too is that it particularly goes to to break the cycle and try to help people break out of a very difficult lifestyle that too often people get hooked into an addicted to,” Governor Sam Brownback said.
The other bill cracks down on on street gangs, making it a crime to accept payments from such groups.