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A bill that would allow for drug testing of adult Kentuckians who receive public assistance will receive a hearing this week, but the legislation’s sponsor and committee chairman are jousting over the proposal.

The bill would set up random blood and urine testing for those who get welfare benefits, food stamps, Medicaid and other state assistance. Similar legislation has been introduced across the country with mixed results in different states.

In Wyoming, state lawmakers rejected a similar bill, but around two dozen other states are considering such measures to have stricter rules.

In Kentucky, state Rep. Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster, is the bill’s sponsor. He says here is too much fraud in the welfare system and his proposal would help get recipients off illegal drugs.

“People are abusing the system and using say for instance a lot of cases their food stamps and trading them for drugs. It’s just not fair for the taxpayers to have to keep up an illegal drug habit. And also, what I’m trying to do is help families and children that live in the homes where this is going on,” he says.

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