Petition to pass the law for drug and substance screening for any adults in Vermont receiving public assistance

We, as a community, would like to petition to file a bill for the 2011 session that, if passed, would require drug and substance screening for any adults in Vermont receiving public assistance. If passed, this would set up a mandatory random testing program for any adult that receives public assistance, food stamps, and state medical assistance. It's a fact that many people abuse these government funded programs, including using these funds to purchase drugs, and selling the fuel they receive through fuel assistance for cash, among other offenses. We believe it is essential that the state pass a law that requires anyone receiving government assistance to submit to testing. As a whole, we are tired of seeing individuals take advantage of the help that the state of Vermont is providing them. We would like for this law to require random testing through the Vermont Department of Children & Families, Agency of Human Services, as a prerequisite to an individual being declared eligible for public assistance, but would allow for exceptions if the individual has a prescription for a controlled substance.

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